Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Saturday, February 17

IU Must Play Tough At Michigan

Okay, sure it looks a little grim, with IU heading to Michigan with less than ideal preparation, injuries to two key players (Earl Calloway and Lance Stemler) and the confidence-jolting loss at Purdue to deal with.

Still, this is a game the Hoosiers can win if they have the right mindset and approach. Michigan is not the second coming of Florida. It is an emotionally fragile team that consistently lacks the toughness to play to its potential.

Yes, the Wolverines play better at home. Yes, they are desperate to turn around a slide that will seemingly keep them out of the NCAA Tournament yet again. Still, IU has the talent and motivation to win this game. It likely will come down to will. And in this area, the Hoosiers should have the biggest edge of all. That should be the deciding factor.


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