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Michigan basketball loses close Big Ten opener 78-75 to Indiana

Michigan basketball lost to Indiana, 78-75. U-M had a chance to win but failed, extending their losing streak.

Michigan basketball once again found themselves in a familiar situation, tied in the final moments and in need of a game-changing play. Unfortunately, things did not go their way as they fell to Indiana by a score of 78-75 at Crisler Center on Tuesday night.

With the game tied and less than a minute remaining, Indiana drew up a play for Kel'el Ware, who made a hook shot over Tarris Reed Jr. to give the Hoosiers the lead. Michigan's Dug McDaniel was fouled and missed the first of two free throws to cut the lead to one. The Wolverines then appeared to get a defensive stop, but a review determined that the ball had gone off Reed with 6.1 seconds left.

Indiana capitalized on the opportunity, making two free throws to go up by three. Michigan's last-ditch effort was unsuccessful, and they ultimately fell to Indiana. This loss marks the Wolverines' fifth in their last six games, and their losing streak against Indiana has now extended to four games, all of which have been decided by five points or fewer.

Despite the loss, Olivier Nkamhoua scored a team-high 18 points for Michigan, while Will Tschetter added 17 points, Dug McDaniel scored 12, and Terrance Williams II scored 10. Indiana's Malik Reneau led the Hoosiers with 15 points and six rebounds, and Kel'el Ware added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Michigan began the second half with a two-point lead, but Indiana quickly closed the gap. Midway through the half, Dug McDaniel and Will Tschetter helped the Wolverines build a lead. However, Indiana fought back and ultimately secured the win in the final moments of the game.

The game was characterized by back-and-forth scoring and several lead changes, with both teams putting forth a strong effort. Despite Indiana's early lead, Michigan managed to stay within striking distance, thanks in part to Tschetter's strong performance in the first half.

This game was a tough loss for Michigan, as they continue to face challenges in the early part of the season. However, they remain focused on their goals and are determined to bounce back from this defeat.

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