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Eyeing IU

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Hoosiers notebook

Keys to the game

Indiana staged a furious late rally, but fell short 73-69 against Michigan Saturday at Crisler Arena.

Here are some of the highlights.

Key number: 7. It’s easy to point to the free throw percentages (Michigan shot 42.1 percent in the second half) as part of the reason for Indiana’s rally. But part of the reason the Wolverines built a 22-point lead was because of their ability to make seven three-pointers in the second half. IU limited Michigan to one in the first 20 minutes.

That’s a fact: Michigan had a better percentage from three-point territory (53.3 percent on 8 of 15 shooting) than from the foul line (51.4 percent for the game, 19 of 37).

Quotable

“He really wanted to be back. … He was tired early, but then he really played hard through it late.”

- IU coach Tom Crean on Christian Watford’s quick return. The forward missed just three games because of a broken left hand. He led IU with 14 points Saturday.

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