Jan. 21, 2012
With the loss, Michigan falls to 15-5, and finishes with a non-conference record of 10-3. The Wolverines are now 1-4 in road games (non-neutral) this season.
Saturday's matchup marked the first meeting between Michigan and Arkansas since the 1997 Postseason NIT Semifinal* (March 25, 1997). U-M falls to 3-3 (2-3*) all-time against Arkansas. The Wolverines are now 0-2 against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.
After allowing Arkansas to make its first 11 field goal attempts through the first 10:10 of the first half, the Wolverines defense limited the Razorbacks to 35-percent (13-of-37) shooting the remainder of the game.
For the third time this season, Zack Novak led the Wolverines with 17 points on 6-of-9 (67 percent) shooting, including 5-of-7 (71 percent) from behind the arc. Novak also led the Wolverines for the third time with eight rebounds -- three offensive and five defensive. Novak added an assist and a steal in the loss.
Jordan Morgan tied a season high with 16 points on 7-of-11 (64 percent) shooting. Morgan has reached double figures in six games this season. Morgan added six rebounds.
For the 17th time this season, Trey Burke led the Wolverines in assists (game-high six ). He has dished out at least five assists in 10 games this season. Burke also tied a career high with seven rebounds against the Razorbacks (last vs. Northwestern, Jan. 11). Burke added 13 points, a steal and a block.
Michigan shot 41 percent (25-of-61) from the field; 39 percent (11-of-28) in the first half, and 42 percent (14-of-33) in the second half. U-M shot 29 percent (8-of-28) from three-point range; 36 percent (5-of-14) in the first half, and 21 percent (3-of-14) in the second half.
The Wolverines shot 86 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line. This was their first loss this season when shooting at least 80 percent from the charity stripe (5-1 overall).
Michigan won the rebounding battle 35-29. The Wolverines are now 10-2 this season when they outrebound their opponent.
The Wolverines had 15 assists and turned the ball over 10 times. U-M is 9-3 this season when registering a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Arkansas into eight turnovers, leading to four points. Michigan is 5-3 this season when it commits more turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Arkansas in points in the paint (30-26) and second-chance points (17-6). The Razorbacks outscored the Wolverines in points off turnovers (9-4) and fast-break points (11-8).
The game featured no ties and no lead changes. Michigan trailed by as many as 20 and cut the lead down to two but never forced a tie or took the lead.
The Wolverines are now 6-4 this season when wearing their maize jerseys.
For the second straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Jordan Morgan. Douglass has now appeared in 122 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.