Jan. 14, 2014
Michigan has won six games in a row, improving to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten Conference.
U-M now leads the all-time series against Penn State, 30-12* (23-9 adjusted), improving to 18-2 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two schools, including two consecutive victories.
The last time the Wolverines opened Big Ten play with a 4-0 record was in 2002-03, when they won their first six conference matchups.
Under head coach John Beilein, Michigan is a perfect 26-0 when scoring 80 or more points.
U-M scored the first points of the game and did not relinquish its lead. Penn State came back to within two points with 15:12 remaining in the first half (47-45) but pulled no closer.
During its six-game win streak, the Maize and Blue have averaged 74.0 points per contest, giving up 63.2 points per game during that span.
Michigan shot 53.8 percent from the field (28-of-52), marking the third consecutive game in which the team has shot 50 percent or better from the field and ninth time this season shooting at that clip.
U-M tripled its assist-to-turnover ratio, racking up 18 helpers on 28 field goals made (69.2 percent) and turning the ball over just six times, which is a new season low.
With Michigan's 18 assists in tonight's win, the Wolverines have tallied 15 or more assists in each of the last six games.
The game marks U-M's sixth straight in which two or more players have registered four or more assists and the sixth straight game the Wolverines have assisted on 48 percent or more of their baskets, assisting on 97-of-158 total field goals in that span, good for 61 percent of all field goals made.
For the fifth time in his career, Caris LeVert matched a career high with five assists, a mark he has hit in back-to-back contests.
U-M outrebounded its opponents for the 10th time this season, edging Penn State, 28-26, in that category.
Five of Derrick Walton Jr.'s career-high 16 points came in the first 25 seconds of the game, as he netted a three-pointer and layup on U-M's first two possessions, respectively. The game marks Walton's seventh double-figure scoring outing of the season, including each of the last three contests.
Nik Stauskas scored a game-high 21 points, marking his seventh game of the season leading all scorers and his 10th career game scoring 20 or more points.
Game attendance was a sold-out 12,707; Michigan has sold out seven of its eight games at Crisler Center, including both in Big Ten play.