Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Indiana-Michigan draws hype

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana should be getting used to all this.

Students lining up in chilly temperatures long before tip-off to see America's No. 1 team play at Assembly Hall. A nationally televised game that will become the focal point of college basketball for one day. And the Hoosiers vying again for the Big Ten lead.

Today, it's all about facing Michigan.

"It's going to be a big game, and I really can't wait for it," freshman guard Kevin Ferrell said.

After stumbling in December against Butler and again early in conference play against Wisconsin, the Hoosiers (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have been trying to play their way back to the No. 1 spot they held early this season.

But now the Wolverines (20-1, 7-1) carry the top ranking.

Indiana's Cody Zeller had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 97-60 rout of Purdue on the road on Wednesday. That came after a 75-70 win Sunday over then-No. 13 Michigan State, so the Hoosiers have a chance to sweep their biggest week this season.

Michigan is playing well, too.

"Everybody can play, they can run, shoot, play defense, they can do everything," Indiana guard Jordan Hulls said of Michigan. "So you know we're excited for this opportunity."

Since losing Jan. 13 at No. 15 Ohio State, after their first perfect nonconference season since 1985-86, the Wolverines have won four straight. Sophomore guard Trey Burke is averaging 17.9 points and 7.1 assists.

"We're looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of hype. It's going to be a really hectic crowd and atmosphere," Burke said.

EVANSVILLE: Coach Marty Simmons said swingman Jordan Jahr was kicked off the team.

EX-ASSISTANT FILES SUIT: Former Detroit assistant Carlos Briggs filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging he was fired in retaliation after filing a whistle-blower report in which he detailed a relationship between then-athletic director Keri Gaither and assistant coach Derek Thomas.

WOMEN: Chiney Ogwumike had 22 points and 13 rebounds as No. 4 Stanford (19-2, 7-1 Pac-12) beat host Oregon 86-62.

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