Kelvin Sampson's smash-mouth style has brought out the best in D.J. White.
White scored 21 points and had a career-high 22 rebounds, the first Indiana player with a 20-20 game in more than a decade, to lead the Hoosiers (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) to a 78-64 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night.
In his second season as the coach at Indiana, Sampson has pushed the senior to play physically like Eduardo Najera did for him at Oklahoma while honing his offensive skills.
"He's always on me about being more persistent," White said. "That was his emphasis last summer and I think I've done a decent job so far."
"I'm proud of D.J.," he said. "He's grown up a lot and has gotten tougher."
White became the first Hoosier with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Alan Henderson in 1995, and his rebounding total was the highest since Henderson had 28 in 1992.
Freshman Eric Gordon scored 23 points for Indiana (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which has won nine straight.
Under first-year coach John Beilein, the Wolverines (4-11, 0-3) have their worst 15-game record in more than two decades.
"It's going to take so much time," the former West Virginia coach said. "It's really tough for us because every kid we have is from a winning program.
"They're used to winning, and I'm used to winning. It's difficult for us all."
Freshman Manny Harris had 19 points, DeShawn Sims scored 16 and reserve Jevohn Shepherd added 10 for the Wolverines, who haven't struggled this much since they opened 2-13 in 1981-82.
Michigan shot just 32 percent from the field, 10 percent worse than its already lackluster average, to compound the problems the players are having with Beilein's offense that is set up to shoot from the outside early and often.
"We're capable of winning a lot of ballgames if we shoot well," Sims said.
Sims made a shot from 50-plus feet just before the halftime buzzer and his 3-pointer early in the second half pulled the Wolverines within five points.
Then, the game turned into a rout thanks to Indiana's stars.
White, who opened the second half with free throws, and Gordon each scored nine points to put the Hoosiers ahead 55-37.
"What makes this team special is it is so unselfish," Sampson said. "We have guys, like Jamarcus Ellis, who could be scoring a lot more. But they get the ball into D.J. and Eric's hands because they are all about winning."
Indiana was without starting guard Armon Bassett, who has bone chips in his left ankle injury. The Hoosiers hope he can return for Sunday's home game against Illinois. Jordan Crawford filled in for Bassett and had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Michigan has lost to No. 5 UCLA, Georgetown (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP), Duke (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP), No. 14 Butler and No. 21 Wisconsin, giving it a unique perspective on some of college basketball's best teams.
"I'm extremely impressed by Indiana," Beilein said. "We've played some good teams and they're as good if not better than any team we've played."