Postgame Notes: #9 Michigan State 64, #23 Michigan 54
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Feb. 5, 2012

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• With the loss, Michigan falls to 17-7 for the season and 7-4 in Big Ten play. Four of U-M's seven losses have come away from Ann Arbor against ranked opponents. The Wolverines are now 1-4 in road games in the Big Ten and 2-6 in road contests overall.

• The loss snaps Michigan's three-game winning streak against Michigan State. Michigan falls to 94-75 (87-82*) all-time against Michigan State. The Wolverines are now 36-47 against the Spartans in East Lansing. Head coach John Beilein is 4-4 against MSU in his Michigan career.

• Today's matchup marked the second of two meetings between Michigan and Michigan State this season. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans, 60-59, on Jan. 17 at Crisler Center.

• This was the Wolverines' third consecutive game against a ranked opponent. U-M is now 3-3 against ranked foes in conference play and 4-4 overall in such contests.

Zack Novak led the Wolverines in scoring for the fourth time this season, tallying a game-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. This was Novak's second consecutive game reaching double figures and his 11th overall this season. Novak added three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

• With his 40 minutes played against Michigan State, Zack Novak became the sixth Wolverine to amass 4,000 career minutes played. Novak has now logged 4,024 minutes at Michigan.

Trey Burke scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-6 from behind the arc. He has reached double figures in all but three games this season. Burke added a career-high three steals as well as four assists and a rebound.

Zack Novak fouled out in the loss to Michigan State, making him the first Wolverine to foul out in the last nine games. Stu Douglass was the last Wolverine to foul out of a game, doing so at Indiana (Jan. 5).

• Coming off the bench, Evan Smotrycz grabbed a team-high four rebounds -- all of them defensive. This was the ninth time this season Smotrycz has led the Wolverines in rebounds. Smotrycz added seven points and an assist.

Stu Douglass had a game-high five assists to lead the Wolverines in the category for the fourth time this season. This was his third five-plus-assist effort this season. Douglass added five points and three rebounds.

• Three Wolverines scored double-digit points: Zack Novak (14), Trey Burke (11) and Jordan Morgan (11).

• Michigan lost the rebounding battle, 40-16, its worst rebounding effort of the season. The Wolverines are now 4-5 this season when they are outrebounded by their opponent.

• The Wolverines had 15 assists and turned the ball over 10 times. U-M is 12-3 this season when registering a positive assist/turnover ratio.

• U-M's defense forced Michigan State into 15 turnovers, leading to 13 points. Michigan is 10-3 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Michigan outscored Michigan State in fast break points (5-2). The Spartans outscored the Wolverines in points in the paint (36-20), points off turnovers (16-13), and second-chance points (16-3).

• The game featured two ties and no lead changes. Michigan trailed by as many as 17 in the second half and was never within two points after falling behind 7-5 with 13:25 remaining in the first half.

• The Wolverines are now 7-5 this season when wearing their maize jerseys.

• For the sixth straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan. Douglass has now appeared in 126 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.


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