Feb. 5, 2014
Michigan improves its record to 17-5, including 9-1 in the Big Ten, marking the program's best start to conference play since the 1976-77 team went 16-2 and won the Big Ten title.
The Wolverines earned their 10th win (10-2) all-time against the Cornhuskers. That mark includes six straight wins for U-M and each of the first four head-to-head matchups since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.
The 29-point victory is Michigan's largest margin of victory in a conference win since they beat Indiana 112-64 (+48) on Feb. 22, 1998. It is the largest margin of victory in a conference win under head coach John Beilein and marks the sixth 20-plus-point win of the season at home.
The Maize and Blue held Nebraska to just 21 first-half points on 31-percent shooting (9-of-29 ) -- the fewest total points scored in the first half by any U-M opponent this season.
The Wolverines began the game on an 8-0 run and their lead only grew from there; the team had separate first-half shooting streaks of 5-of-6 and 8-of-8. The Michigan lead grew to as large as 41 (11:18, 2nd half).
Michigan was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, including a 10-of-10 performance in the first half, which makes the team a perfect 18-of-18 in the first half over the past two games. It marked the first time U-M shot 100 percent from the free throw line since Jan. 5, 2011, when the Maize and Blue sank all eight of its attempts vs. Wisconsin.
Michigan committed just eight fouls, well under its nation-leading average of 14.9 fouls per game.
The team shot 62.5 percent from the field (15-of-24) in the opening frame, including 52.9 percent from three (9-of-17). The nine made threes are the most U-M has made in the first half since it rattled in 10 against Houston Baptist (Dec. 7, 2013).
The Wolverines finished 26-of-52 from the floor (50.0 percent), including 13-of-31 from beyond the arc (41.9 percent), which means the team made an equal amount of two-point and three-point baskets (13).
Tonight's contest marks the sixth Big Ten game this year in which U-M has shot 50 percent or better from the floor and the fifth Big Ten game in which it has shot 40 percent or better from three-point land.
U-M assisted on 21 of its 26 made field goals (80.7 percent), bringing the season clip to 57.2 percent of all field goals (334-of-583).
The Wolverines held Terran Petteway, Nebraska's leading scorer, (18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game) to just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and one rebound.
Glenn Robinson tied a career high with 23 points (Holy Cross, Dec. 28) on 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) shooting, including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc (42.8 percent), which ties a career-best mark in three-pointers made.
The win marks Glenn Robinson's third game with more than 20 points this season and the eighth such game in his career. It is Robinson's 16th game in double-digits in points this season, putting him one double-digit performance behind Nik Stauskas for the team lead in that category.
Zak Irvin scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent), including 4-of-9 from three (44.4 percent). Irvin has knocked down at least one triple in seven of 10 conference games this year, including five straight.
Nik Stauskas added a career-best eight assists, giving the sophomore 45 assists in conference play. Stauskas has registered four or more assists in eight of 10 Big Ten games.
Caris LeVert chipped in 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting (71.4 percent), tied a career high with five assists and hauled down seven boards, marking his fourth game in the last six contests with at least seven rebounds.
Spike Albrecht tallied four assists, bringing his total to 22 in conference play. He has committed just one turnover in Big Ten action.
Tonight's game was sold out (12,707). The Wolverines have sold out Crisler Center in 33 of their last 37 home contests, dating back to the start of Big Ten play in 2011.
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