Jan. 10, 2014
Michigan has now won five straight over Nebraska and improves to 9-2 overall against the Huskers.
U-M handed Nebraska its first loss at its brand-new Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers were previously 7-0 in the building that opened this season.
Thursday's victory extends the Wolverines' win streak to five, including three to open Big Ten play. Michigan's last five-game win streak came in last season's NCAA Tournament. That run ended in the NCAA Final.
U-M also started the 2013 Big Ten season 3-0 before falling in its fourth conference game to Ohio State. That loss also ended U-M's 18-0 start to the campaign.
Michigan shot 62 percent from the field (31-for-50) and prevailed despite making a season-low three free throws on nine attempts and posting its lowest rebound total (20) of the season.
The Maize and Blue kept pace in not turning the ball over, as the squad averages just 9.2 on the season and committed just nine Thursday. U-M also kept pace with its Beilein-era best 15.7 assists per game, dishing out 16.
Glenn Robinson III tied a career best with nine field goals made. Those came on 12 attempts.
Caris LeVert equaled a career high with five assists. He has hit that mark three times this season and four occasions at U-M.
Jordan Morgan scored a season-high 15 points and seven field goals. It is his most points since his sophomore campaign when he scored 16 twice (at Arkansas, Jan. 21, 2012; vs. Iowa State, Dec. 3, 2011).
Michigan received double-figure scoring from five players -- Glenn Robinson III (19), Jordan Morgan (15), Nik Stauskas (12), Caris LeVert (10) and Derrick Walton Jr. (10) -- for the first time since a 107-53 win over Houston Baptist on Dec. 7. In that contest, Stauskas (25), Robinson (17) and Walton (14) reached double digits in points and were joined in that feat by Mitch McGary (12) and Zak Irvin (14).
Derrick Walton Jr.'s buzzer-beater just before halftime gave U-M a 33-30 lead. Michigan is now 8-1 when leading at the half.
The Wolverines picked up their first win when an opponent scores 70 or more points this season.
The one-point win marks U-M's smallest margin of victory of the campaign.
Michigan improves to 10-1 when relinquishing fewer turnovers than its opponent.