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By DANIEL WASSERMAN
Daily Sports Editor
BLOOMINGTON - While
shooting free throws in the
-irst half, the Assembly Hall
student section rained a chorus
of "Deport Stauskas" chants on
sophomore guard Nik Stauskas.
It turned out that keeping
Indiana point guard Yogi

the game.
With just six points on 1-of-
6 shooting from Stauskas,
Michigan's offense was held to
a season low in points, dropping
its first Big Ten contest of the
season, 63-52. The loss snapped
a 10-game Wolverine winning
streak.
On the other end, Ferrell
was doing everything Stauskas
couldn't, pouring in a game-high
27 points on a remarkable 7-of-8
mark from beyond the arc.
Indiana spent much of the
second half with multiple-

possession leads, as Michigan
(8-1 Big Ten 16-5 overall)
struggled throughout the game
to run in its offense without
Stauskas, who was incessantly'
denied the ball. The sophomore
didn't connect on a single
3-pointer for only the second
time this season - the first time
since Duke employed a similar
defensive strategy against him in
a season-low four-point outing
in December.
"Ithinkitwasalittlefrustrating
for some guys," said fifth-year
senior forward Jordan Morgan,
seemingly alluding to Stauskas.
When asked how Stauskas
See BASKETBALL, Page 3B

By NEAL ROTHSCHILD
} Daily Sports Editor
BLOOMINGTON - The
Indiana men's basketball team's
win over No. 10 Michigan on
Saturday was not earned when
the clock hit zeroes or when
fifth-year senior forward Jordan
Morgan missed the front end of
a one-and-one down six points
with two minutes left.
It had been earned at some
indecipherable point in the
late first half or early second
half when it was clear that
sophomore guard Nik Stauskas
had been rendered irrelevant by
the Hoosier defense.

It was clear that the game's
primary ball handlers would
decide the result of the game.
And Indiana's best playertwas
highlighted and Michigan's best
player was hidden. Yogi Ferrell
was giventhe stage to show what
he could do, while Stauskas was
relegated to the corner without
the ball in his hands.
"We had no answers for
Yogi," said Michigan coach John,
Beilein. "He wasn't passing it.
They only had six assists today.
It wasn't an assists game. It was
get the ball in Yogi's hands."
The second-year guard lit
up Assembly Hall on Saturday,
scoring 27 points on just 10
field-goal attempts. Ferrell
missed just two shots and went
7-for-8 on 3-pointers. He didn't
even attempt a two-point shot

in the first half,and he was still
single-handedly submerging
the Wolverines.
"Four or five of them - 15
points right there - you can't
do anything on that," Beilein
said. "When he goes to a slow-
to-quick move and just shoots
it in from probably NBA range.
Pretty good shot."
Late in the second half,
Michigan went to a 1-3-1 zone
defense to try to limit Ferrell's
opportunities, but it wasn't
nearly enough.
As far as Beilein was
concerned, Ferrell's stellar
afternoon couldn't have been
stopped, but Michigan's work
on the other end of the court
needed to be better if the
Wolverineswere going to extend
See STAUSKAS, Page 3B

THROUGH THE YEARS
Fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan
has seen Michigan rise into a national
powerhouse. Page 2B

WISCONSIN WHIPPED
The Michigan hockey team took five
of six points in its series against the
Badgers. Page 4B

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