Jan. 17, 2012
With the win, Michigan improves to 15-4 for the season and 5-2 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines remain undefeated (12-0) at Crisler Center this season.
Tuesday's win marks U-M's third straight victory in the rivalry. Michigan improves to 94-74 (87-71*) all-time against Michigan State. The Wolverines are now 58-28 against the Spartans in Ann Arbor. John Beilein is now 3-4 against MSU in his Michigan career.
Tuesday's matchup marked the first of two meetings between Michigan and Michigan State this season. The Wolverines will travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans on Feb. 5.
Tuesday's win marked U-M's second victory against a top-10 opponent, with the other coming against No. 8 Memphis at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21. The Wolverines have won their last two games against ranked opponents and are now 3-2 against ranked foes this season.
Michigan's defense limited Michigan State, which was averaging 76.7 points per game going into Tuesday's matchup, to a season-low 59 points on 24-of-50 (48 percent) shooting. It was the ninth time U-M has held its opponent to less than 60 points this season. The Wolverines held the Spartans without a field goal for the final 4:21 of the game.
For the fifth time this season, Trey Burke led the Wolverines with 20 points on 8-of-11 (73 percent) shooting, including 3-of-6 (50 percent) from behind the arc. This was the third 20-point scoring effort of his career. Burke also led the Wolverines with three assists, and tied for team highs with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Making his first start of the season, Stu Douglass scored nine points and tied for a team high with four rebounds. It was the second time this season he has held at least a share of the team's rebounding lead. Douglass added two assists and a steal.
Michigan shot 51 percent (23-of-45) from the field; 54 percent (13-of-24) in the first half and 48 percent (10-of-21) in the second half. This was the Wolverines' best shooting performance in conference play this season. U-M shot 29 percent (6-of-21) from three-point range; 40 percent (4-of-10) in the first half and 18 percent (2-of-11) in the second half.
Michigan lost the rebounding battle 31-18, its lowest total of the season. The Wolverines are now 3-3 this season when they are outrebounded by their opponent.
The Wolverines had eight assists and turned the ball over eight times. It was the sixth time this season, and the third time in the last four games, that Michigan had less than 10 turnovers. U-M is 2-0 this season when registering an even assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Michigan State into 14 turnovers, leading to 13 points. Michigan is 9-2 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan blocked five Michigan State shots in the win. It was the first time the Wolverines had five blocks since their win over Memphis in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21.
The Wolverines committed a season-low eight player fouls in the win. It was the third time this season they have committed less than 10 fouls. The Wolverines are undefeated (3-0) in such contests.
Michigan outscored Michigan State in points off turnovers (13-11) and fast-break points (4-2). The Spartans outscored the Wolverines in points in the paint (30-28) and second-chance points (13-2).
The game featured one tie and two lead changes. Michigan never trailed by more than four, led by as many as 11, and never trailed after Stu Douglass' game-winning layup with 35 seconds left in the game.
The Wolverines are now 6-3 this season when wearing their maize jerseys.
Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan. Douglass has now appeared in 121 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.