Jan. 25, 2014
After tonight's win, the Wolverines have beaten three straight AP top-10 opponents for the first time in school history (No. 3 Wisconsin, W, 77-70; No. 10 Iowa, W, 75-67; No. 3 Michigan State, W, 80-75).
The Wolverines are the the first team since the 1986-87 Iowa Hawkeyes to win three straight games against AP top-10 teams.
The last time U-M won three straight against nationally ranked teams was during last year's NCAA Final Four run (No. 3 Kansas, W, 87-85, OT; March 29; No. 14 Florida, W, 79-59, March 31; No. 16 Syracuse, W, 61-56, April 6).
The last time Michigan played three consecutive games against AP top-10 ranked opponents was during the 1964-65 season (No. 5 Duke, W, 83-67, Dec. 21; No. 10 NYU, W, 83-74, Dec. 26; No. 4 UCLA, L, 98-80, Dec. 27).
The Wolverines' win over No. 3 Michigan State matches last Saturday's victory against No. 3 Wisconsin as the highest-ranked foe in a road win in program history.
With back-to-back-to-back wins against No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 10 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan State, U-M has now won 22 games against ranked opponents in the John Beilein era -- half of which have come against AP top-10 foes.
Michigan has extended its winning streak to nine games, the second-longest streak in the John Beilein era (16 wins to start 2012-13 campaign).
The Wolverines are a perfect 27-0 under John Beilein when scoring 80 or more points. It is the team's eighth time scoring 80 or more this season.
Michigan leads the overall series against Michigan State, 96-76, and improves to a 37-48 record in East Lansing, including an 8-16 all-time mark in the Breslin Center.
Tonight's game marked the fifth straight meeting between the two schools in which both teams are nationally ranked, the longest such streak in the history of the series.
Prior to tonight's win, U-M had only beaten a top-five ranked MSU unit once: Jan. 25, 1979, exactly 35 years ago today.
The win marks U-M's first 7-0 start in Big Ten play since 1976-77 when the Maize and Blue started conference play with eight straight wins. Michigan's best ever start to conference play was in 1964-65 when the team began Big Ten play with 13 consecutive victories.
U-M's victory on the road snaps a five-game winning streak for the home team in the series. The last road win in the series prior to tonight's game was a 61-57 U-M triumph at the Breslin Center on Jan. 27, 2011.
The game featured four ties and four lead changes, with neither team leading by double-digit points in the contest and both teams reaching leads as large as eight points.
The Wolverines shot 22-of-50 from the floor (44 percent), converting on 11-of-19 three-point tries (57.9 percent), marking the sixth time U-M has shot 45 percent or better from beyond the arc this season.
U-M's 50 points in the final frame are a second-half season high, besting the previous mark of 47 points, set two times.
After reaching the foul line just three times in the opening frame, U-M got to the charity stripe a second-half season-high 27 times, passing its season average of 19.3 attempts per contest.
As a unit, the Wolverines converted on a season-high 25-of-30 free throw attempts (83.3 percent), including going 14-of-16 from the line in the final two-plus minutes.
It is Michigan's seventh game this season with 20-plus free throw attempts and the 15th game of the season with 15 or more attempts.
U-M assisted on 14 of its 22 made field goals (63.6 percent), bringing its season average to 57.7 percent (295 assists on 511 field goals made).
Derrick Walton Jr. set a new career high with 19 points on 4-of-7 shooting, adding five rebounds and four assists. Walton has reached double-figure points in four of seven conference matchups.
Walton converted on a career-best 9-of-10 free throw attempts, including going 8-of-9 from the charity stripe in the final 2:30.
Nik Stauskas reached double figures for the 16th time in 18 contests with his 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including going 5-of-6 beyond the arc, where he is shooting 44.8 percent this season (129-of-288).
By adding four assists, Stauskas has reached the four-assist plateau in nine straight contests.