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Michigan Wolverines improve NCAA men’s basketball tourney chances with big 89-65 win vs. Indiana

ANN ARBOR — Michigan is rolling again, finding ways to win as it did during a surprising start.

Indiana, meanwhile, is playing so poorly its NCAA Tournament chances have taken a hit.

Franz Wagner had 16 points and was one of five to score in double digits for the Wolverines in an 89-65 win over the Hoosiers on Sunday.

The Wolverines (16-9, 7-7 Big Ten) have won three straight for the first time since opening the season with seven wins.

“Everything is clicking,” said Eli Brooks, who scored 13 points. “Everybody is confident.”

Michigan’s Zavier Simpson had 12 points and 11 assists, allowing the team to strike a balance offensively.

“He made some great decisions with the basketball and with controlling the tempo of the game,” coach Juwan Howard said.

Wolverines reserve Brandon Johns scored 14 and Isaiah Livers added 12 points, appearing to overcome an injury scare late in the game when he left the court briefly with an ankle injury.

The Hoosiers (16-9, 6-8) have lost five of their last six games.

“Every team goes through their ups and downs and we’re going through ours,” Indiana senior De’Ron Davis said after scoring a career-high 18 points.

The slump puts even more pressure on coach Archie Miller to figure out how to turn his team around quickly enough to play in college basketball’s showcase for the first time in his three years.

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