Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan topped Indiana 84-80 In a highly entertaining Big Ten regular season finale marked by eight players in double figures. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh (very likely the best NBA prospect on the floor) tallied only seven points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action. The back-story, of course, is that Vonleh had missed the previous two games against Ohio St. and Nebraska with a left foot inflammation.
Coach Tom Crean used Vonleh judiciously bringing him off the bench in both halves for nine and twelve minutes. But, in that short time there were several highlights that served notice once again of the high regard (2014 NBA Draft Lottery Pick) in which Vonleh is held by NBA scouts.
The versatile #4 stepped out to can a key three-pointer late in the game at crunch time, (12-of-21 from the arc in Big Ten play prior to yesterday’s action). Vonleh also showed nice touch from the FT line (2-of-2). Besides the finesse aspect, Vonleh rebounded the ball well, had two strong low post sequences that led to a bucket and the free throws, a great, late block on a Caris Levert drive and neutralizing Michigan’s Jordan Morgan who had his first career double-double –basically while Vonleh was on the bench.
Besides Morgan’s 15 and 10, the Wolverines had their 6’6″ swingman triumvirate of Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Levert (all 2014 or 2015 NBA first round prospects themselves) in double figures with 21, 20 and 13 points respectively.
Of particular note is the renaissance of Robinson III, who started the season with high praise, faded in the mid season and is now changing the minds of doubters with a resurgence fueled by a new aggressiveness. Robinson essentially hit the game winning triple at the 1:13 mark from the right corner with the scored tied.
Indiana was led by the quartet of Will Sheehey, Yogi Farrell, Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson with 17, 16, 16, and 13 points. Farrell, a 2015 NBA prospect, added eight assists and was unguardable as Michigan had to revert to its 1-3-1 zone for long stretches in the 2nd half.
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