"We can't be patting each other on the back with moral victories and things like that," he said. "We're very disappointed, but we can't dwell on it."

Crean believes there may be more than one meeting with Michigan on the horizon. The teams could meet in the Big Ten tournament, and possibly in the NCAA tournament.

"They truly are that good," he said. "They're going to continue to have a great season. Let's hope we can meet at the end of the year, and we're playing for something really big."

NOTES: Michigan was off to its best start in program history. ... It was just the second meeting between the schools with both ranked in the top five. ... Michigan was the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins. ... Indiana's Oladipo went for a dunk at the buzzer and missed. He worried that he might have offended the Wolverines. "It was no disrespect to Michigan," he said. "I apologize to their team, I apologize to their coaching staff."