Feb. 5, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 79, Nebraska 50
Records: U-M (17-5, 9-1 Big Ten), NEB (11-10, 3-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 8 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 1 p.m. CST (TV: ESPN)
Postgame Feature: Wolverines Bounce Back with Win over Nebraska
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 16 ESPN/USA Today) used a 28-point lead at halftime to roll over Nebraska, 79-50, on Wednesday night (Feb. 5) inside Crisler Center.
Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) was the game's leading scorer with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, and his classmate Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) also scored 16 points while going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, and sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) tallied a career-high eight assists while also scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds.
Robinson slammed home an alley oop on the first play of the game, then LeVert hit consecutive triples to jumpstart Michigan to an 8-0 lead. Down 13-3, Nebraska went on a 9-3 run to make the score 16-12 with 11:49 remaining in the first half. U-M responded with 12 unanswered points in less than three minutes to gain a 28-12 advantage, with Irvin and Robinson each scoring five in that stretch.
After the Huskers brought the score to 30-15, the Wolverines scored 15 straight points to take a 30-point lead with 3:01 left before halftime. Irvin hit three straight three-pointers during the run, bringing the Crisler crowd to its feet.
U-M took a 49-21 lead going into halftime, led by Irvin, who scored all 16 of his points before the intermission. Michigan went 15-of-24 (63 percent) from the floor and 9-of-17 (53 percent) from three in the lopsided first half. The Huskers were held to 9-of-28 (32 percent) shooting in the first frame, including 2-of-12 (17 percent) from long distance.
A 7-0 run put Michigan up 41 midway through the second half, and junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) made a layup off a beautiful feed from Stauskas that made the score 73-32 with 11:18 left in the contest. Nebraska was never able to come close for the rest of the game, allowing the Maize and Blue to cruise to a comfortable 79-50 victory.
U-M shot 26-of-52 (50 percent) on the night while going 13-of-31 (42 percent) from downtown. Comparatively, Nebraska went 19-of-54 (35 percent) on field goals and 5-of-21 (24 percent) on three-point attempts. Shavon Shields led the Huskers with 13 points, and Walter Pitchford chipped in 10 points and four rebounds.
Michigan was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, the first time the team has shot 100 percent from the line since Jan. 5, 2011, when U-M went 8-for-8 against Wisconsin. The 29-point margin of victory was also the largest in conference play under coach John Beilein, who was celebrating his birthday Wednesday.
The Wolverines travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to play No. 17 Iowa this Saturday (Feb. 8) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423