Jan. 30, 2011
Today's game was part of the Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Participating NABC member coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society. Michigan's staff wore polo shirts, khaki pants and sneakers as part of their support of the campaign.
With the win, Michigan improves to 13-9 (3-6 Big Ten) for the season. U-M is now 11-4 at Crisler Arena this season. The win was the second straight for the Wolverines, marking their first set of consecutive wins since winning seven straight games from Nov. 30 (at Clemson) to Dec. 23 (Bryant).
With the win, Michigan improves to 88-57 (83-52*) all-time against Iowa. The Wolverines have also won five straight and eight of their last nine against the Hawkeyes. U-M is now 49-22 all-time against Iowa in Ann Arbor.
Sunday's game marked the first of two meetings between Michigan and Iowa this season. The Wolverines will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes on Feb. 19.
Darius Morris recorded the third triple-double in school history with 12 points, 11 assists, and a career-high 10 rebounds. Morris joins Gary Grant (March 14, 1987, against North Carolina) and Manny Harris (Nov. 14, 2009, against Northern Michigan) as the only Wolverines to accomplish the historic feat. This was Morris' sixth game this season with double-digit points and assists. Morris added two steals in the win today.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines with 19 points on 7-of-14 (50 percent) shooting, including 5-of-10 (50 percent) from behind the arc. It is the fourth game this season in which he led the Wolverines in scoring. Hardaway Jr. added a rebound, two assists, a block and a steal in the victory.
Jordan Morgan finished with 17 points on 8-of-9 (89 percent) shooting. This is his highest total since scoring a career-high 23 points in the win over Concordia on Dec. 6. Morgan added six rebounds in the win over the Hawkeyes.
Evan Smotrycz scored 14 points on 5-of-6 (83 percent) shooting, including 4-of-5 (80 percent) from behind the arc. This is his highest total since scoring 14 in the loss to Ohio State on Jan. 10. Smotrycz added a rebound and two assists in the win today.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (19), Jordan Morgan (17), Evan Smotrycz (14), Zack Novak (13) and Darius Morris (12) each scored in double figures for the Wolverines. It is the first time all five starters reached double-digit points since Morris and Novak teamed up with Stu Douglass, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims to accomplish the feat in last season's game at Ohio State (Feb. 27, 2010).
Michigan shot 33-of-56 (59 percent) from the field, including 14-of-28 (50 percent) from behind the arc. U-M shot a season-high 19-of-26 (73 percent) from the field in the second half, including 7-of-11 (64 percent) on three-point field goals.
Michigan won the rebounding battle, 29-26. U-M is 8-1 this season when it outrebounds its opponent.
The Wolverines dished out 22 assists and turned the ball over only 11 times. Michigan is 9-5 this season when it records a positive assist/turnover ratio.
Michigan outscored Iowa in second-chance points (12-11) and fast-break points (7-0). The Wolverines and Hawkeyes tied in points in the paint (30-30) and points off turnovers (13-13).
The game featured 13 lead changes and four ties, all of them coming in the first half. Michigan never trailed after taking a 33-32 lead on a Matt Vogrich three-pointer, leading by as many as 21.
The Wolverines wore their maize jerseys for the ninth time this season. Michigan is now 5-4 this season when wearing maize.
For the ninth straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Darius Morris, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan. The Wolverines have used this lineup in all but one game this season.