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IU Prepares For Biggest Game Of Season Against #1 Michigan

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Photo: Alex Dierckman/WFIU-WTIU News

Christian Watford gets the fans pumped up during a game on Jan. 15, 2013.

Indiana University’s campus is exploding with excitement as the IU Hoosiers (#3) get ready for the game against Michigan (#1).

At Friday night’s press conference at Assembly Hall, Indiana guard Jordan Hulls said he and his teammates can definitely “feel the buzz” around campus this week.

“I don’t think you have to spend a lot of time explaining why this game is important,” ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas said. “People can feel why it’s important. This is not just a great Big Ten game. Everybody wants to see this game. It’s a game everyone wants to watch. It’s not just because hey, this is the best match up in the Big Ten or it’s #1 and #3. It’s two teams and two programs that matter.”

When asked about IU’s strategy going into the game, Coach Tom Crean says the men will not be in a position to take risks, but must be firm in their decision making and feed off the confidence their teammates and atmosphere provides them.

“I think help defense is crucial, but I think the guys that play like there is no help are the ones that are going to be really successful in this game,” he said. “You’ve got to do your work early. You’ve got to be very visible to the ball. You’ve got to be very vocal to your teammates.”

Crean said expectations for Saturday’s game are high, and the Hoosiers needs to step up to the challenge.

“When you’re playing a team like Michigan and you’re doing it in a venue like this and you’re doing it with an atmosphere that’s being created because of Game Day, everybody’s got to step their game up,” Crean said.

Watch the videos below for what the players, Coach Crean, and ESPN’s Jay Bilas think of the upcoming game.




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