Feb. 8, 2012
With the win, Michigan improves to 18-7 for the season and 8-4 in Big Ten play. U-M is a perfect 7-0 in games following a loss, having never suffered a two-game losing streak this season. The Wolverines are now 2-4 in road games in the Big Ten and 3-6 in road contests overall.
This was the Wolverines' first-ever conference game against Nebraska and their first trip to Lincoln since Dec. 12, 1964. With Wednesday's win, Michigan improves to 7-2 (6-2*) all-time against Nebraska. The Wolverines are now 1-2 against the Cornhuskers in Lincoln. This was head coach John Beilein's first matchup with Nebraska in his Michigan career.
Wednesday's matchup marked the only meeting between Michigan and Nebraska this season.
Wednesday's win marked the largest margin of victory (16) in a road Big Ten contest for the Wolverines under John Beilein, surpassing their previous high of 10 (at Northwestern -- Jan. 12, 2008).
Michigan's defense held Nebraska to a season-low 15 points in the first half on 5-of-23 (21 percent) shooting. This marked the lowest total allowed by the Wolverines in conference play this season.
In the second half, Michigan shot 76 percent (16-of-21) shooting, including 86 percent (6-of-7) from three-point range. This marked the Wolverines' best second-half shooting effort of the season.
Zack Novak led the Wolverines with 14 points on 6-of-9 (67 percent) shooting, including 2-of-4 (50 percent) from behind the arc. It was the second consecutive game, and the fifth time overall, that Novak has led the team in scoring. Novak also tied a career high with three steals, and added two rebounds and two assists.
With his 14 points against Nebraska, Zack Novak became the 45th Wolverine to score 1,000 career points. He now has 1,008 points in his Michigan career. When combined with his 569 rebounds, Novak is the 28th player in program history to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
Making his seventh straight start, Stu Douglass registered 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. He has reached double figures six times this season and has averaged 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per game since moving into the starting lineup.
Trey Burke scored 12 points and dished out a team-high five assists to go along with his five rebounds. Burke has registered at least five assists in 13 contests this season while reaching double figures in all but three games.
Matt Vogrich came off the bench and hit all three of his field goal attempts in the second half, each coming from three-point range. His nine-point effort is his highest scoring output since registering 11 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 13.
Jordan Morgan led the Wolverines with six rebounds -- two offensive and four defensive. It was the 11th time this season Morgan has led U-M in rebounding. Morgan added eight points and a steal in Wednesday's win.
Michigan lost the rebounding battle 29-22. The Wolverines are now 5-5 this season when they are outrebounded by their opponent.
The Wolverines had 16 assists and turned the ball over seven times. It was the seventh time this season, and the second time in the last three games, that Michigan had less than 10 turnovers. U-M is 13-3 this season when registering a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Nebraska into 14 turnovers, leading to 14 points. Michigan is 11-3 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Nebraska in points off turnovers (14-5) and fast-break points (4-2). The Cornhuskers outscored the Wolverines in second-chance points (6-2). U-M and Nebraska were tied in points in the paint (18-18).
The game featured no ties and no lead changes. Michigan never trailed, leading by as many as 26 in the second half.
The Wolverines are now 3-2 this season when wearing their blue jerseys.
For the seventh 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 127 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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