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Top-ranked Michigan and No. 3 Indiana eager to write new chapter in memorable Big 10 rivalry

  • Indiana forward Will Sheehey celebrates his dunk against Purdue in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Indiana forward Will Sheehey celebrates his dunk against Purdue in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan forward Mitch McGary (4) celebrate after a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Michigan forward Mitch McGary (4) celebrate after a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue forward Donnie Hale, left, blocks the shot of Indiana forward Derek Elston during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Purdue forward Donnie Hale, left, blocks the shot of Indiana forward Derek Elston during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

The setting seems familiar to third-ranked Indiana.

The nation's No. 1 team is coming to town for a pivotal game that could dictate the top of next week's rankings. A year ago, the target was Kentucky. In November and early December, it was the Hoosiers. Now, it's Michigan's turn.

Indiana (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) has beaten a top-ranked team only six times in school history — and just two of those victories have come at Assembly Hall.

The game features two national player of the year candidates in Indiana's Cody Zeller and Michigan's Trey Burke, and the winner will take sole possession of the conference lead midway through the season.

It's unclear whether the Wolverines (20-1, 7-1) will have forward Jordan Morgan, who missed Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle.