Jan. 30, 2014
U-M stretches its win streak to 10 games, the second-longest streak under head coach John Beilein (Michigan started 16-0 during the 2012-13 campaign). The streak includes a stretch of five straight wins at Crisler Center.
The win boosts Michigan to an 8-0 start in Big Ten play, giving the team its best start to conference action since the 1976-77 campaign.
With this victory, U-M improves to 65-84 all-time against Purdue and 40-33 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines have now won four of the last six meetings between the two schools, including three straight.
The Maize and Blue shot 60.9 percent from the floor (28-of-46), including 53.8 percent from three-point land (7-of-13).
Tonight's game marks the fourth time Michigan has shot better than 60 percent as a unit this season and the second time it has reached that clip in conference play. The team has shot 44.9 percent or better from the field in nine straight contests.
U-M rattled home four of its first five three-point attempts, with four different scorers converting.
The Wolverines closed the first half with separate shooting stretches of 6-of-7 and 7-of-11 and opened the second frame with a 9-of-11 shooting spree before finishing it off with a 6-of-9 stretch.
The Wolverines had four players in double-figure points, marking the seventh game this season with at least four players at that plateau and the fourth such game in the last six contests.
The Wolverines held the Boilermakers, which were ranked third in the Big Ten coming into tonight's game with 40.1 rebounds per game, to 32 rebounds. The Maize and Blue reached 30 total rebounds for the fourth consecutive game.
Caris LeVert earned the first double-double of his career, posting 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting and a career-high 11 rebounds. He also matched a career best with two blocks.
Coming off his second straight Big Ten Player of the Week award, Nik Stauskas tied a game high with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, chipping in three assists and setting a new career high with three blocks.
After earning his first-ever Big Ten accolade with Freshman of the Week honors last week, Derrick Walton Jr. scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, which ties a career-best mark for made field goals.
Derrick Walton Jr. has now reached double-figure points in five of eight conference games -- a mark he hit just four times in 12 non-conference contests.
The combination of Jon Horford and Jordan Morgan converted on 6-of-8 shots from the floor (75.0 percent), maintaining their season clip, and added nine combined rebounds. "Morford" has gone a combined 49-of-63 from the floor (77.8 percent) since Mitch McGary's decision to undergo back surgery.
Tonight's contest was sold out (12,707), marking the 10th sellout of the season at Crisler Center.