BLOOMINGTON, Ind. —
Players kept their celebration in check, too, though Oladipo did apologize for trying a tomahawk dunk that was ruled to be after the buzzer.
Instead, everyone acted as if they expected it.
"That's not what they play for," Crean explained when asked about returning to No. 1. "I think they truly are learning that those things are nice, but playing to improve, to win games like this, to face some adversity and fight through it, that's what matters. When we were not No. 1 in December they heard those things. Were we any worse because we lost by two? We didn't play very well that day."
Over the last seven days, nobody has played better than the Hoosiers.
On Sunday, they survived a slugfest with No. 13 Michigan State and eventually pulled away for a 75-70 win over Crean's former boss, Tom Izzo.
On Wednesday, they handed archrival Purdue its worst home loss ever, 97-60.
On Saturday, Crean watched his starting five all reach double figures. Christian Watford post a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Indiana limit Michigan to 42.9 percent shooting.
"Indiana's a heck of a team and I'm glad we got to play them tonight," Trey Burke said after leading the Wolverines with 25 points and eight assists. "We'll get better from it, move on to the next game."
For the Wolverines (20-2, 7-2), it was a frustrating night.
Despite getting 18 points from Tim Hardaway Jr., nobody else scored more than 10. They were outrebounded 38-29, sent Indiana to the free throw line 25 times and managed only 17 fast-break points on 16 Indiana turnovers. They played most of the game without starting forward Jordan Morgan, who tried to play on his sprained right ankle but logged only two minutes before leaving for good midway through the first half.