But while opponents like the and Jacksonville University during non-conference play presented opportunities for IU to overcome sluggish starts due to a talent gap, that wasn't the case Sunday and likely won't occur often in Big Ten play.
MI got Indiana's best players in foul trouble in the opening minutes and took full advantage, building a cushion it used to stay undefeated.
Jaelynn Penn scored 17 points including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute to give in a 68-64 victory over No. 15 Michigan State on Sunday.
Instead, the Wolverines played like a top-five team and never trailed once to IN, the No. 21 team IN the country IN a 74-63 win.
All of that being said, the players aren't anxious about the ideal record as much as they do about getting better with each and every game.
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The Hoosiers (12-3, 3-1) had won seven straight since losing at Duke and their chances to extend the streak were hurt because their stars were forced to sit a lot.
"We set the tone and we got their two big guys in foul trouble", MI coach John Beilein said.
In fact, Michigan, which many believe has a case to be the No. 1 team in the country, is just one win away from matching the school's best-ever start.
MI jumped out to a 23-9 lead in the game and led 44-29 at halftime. Both went to the bench with two fouls early in the game and Morgan was limited even more in the second half because he had two more fouls while trying to defend shots from the perimeter.
I can go back as many games as we've played, whether it was at home against Central Arkansas or Jacksonville or going all the way back to UC Davis. It'll probably be low scoring, given how MI grinds their opponents down, and IN will have to play at a level that it has yet to hit if it wants to topple the Wolverines.
"We just miss his presence out on the floor", Langford said of Phinisee.