Feb. 18, 2012
With the win, Michigan improves to 20-7 for the season and 10-4 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines remain undefeated (15-0) at Crisler Center this season and have won 16 straight at home dating back to last season.
Saturday's win sealed the third 20-win season for head coach John Beilein at Michigan and the 17th 20-win season of his coaching career. The win also marked the first time U-M has reached double-digit wins in Big Ten play under Coach Beilein.
With the win, the Wolverines snap a six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. Michigan improves to 73-97 (65-93*) all-time against Ohio State. The Wolverines are now 45-37 against the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor. Head coach John Beilein is now 3-9 against OSU in his Michigan career.
This was Michigan's third victory over a top-10 opponent this season. The Wolverines are now 4-3 against ranked foes in conference play and 5-4 overall in such contests.
Saturday's matchup marked the second of two meetings between Michigan and Ohio State this season. The Wolverines fell to the Buckeyes, 64-49, on Jan. 29 in Columbus.
Michigan's defense held Ohio State to a season-low 20 points in the first half on 10-of-26 (39 percent) shooting, including 0-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Trey Burke led the Wolverines with 17 points on 6-of-14 (43 percent) shooting. It was the seventh time he has led U-M in scoring. This marked Burke's sixth consecutive game reaching double figures -- he has done so in all but three games this season.
Trey Burke also dished out a game-high five assists to lead the Wolverines. He has led U-M in assists in all but four games this season and has reached the five-assist mark 14 times. Burke added two rebounds in Saturday's victory.
Jordan Morgan registered the first double-double of his career, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. He has led the Michigan in rebounding in 12 games and has scored in double figures in nine contests. Morgan becomes the third Wolverine to record a double-double this season, joining Evan Smotrycz (Dec. 17, Dec. 22, Dec. 29) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (Jan. 8).
Michigan lost the rebounding battle 34-25. The Wolverines are now 7-5 this season when they are outrebounded by their opponent.
The Wolverines had eight assists and turned the ball over eight times. It was the 10th time this season, and the fourth time in the last five games, that Michigan had fewer than 10 turnovers. U-M is 3-0 this season when registering an even assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Ohio State into 13 turnovers, leading to 17 points. Michigan is 13-3 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Ohio State in points in the paint (26-24), points off turnovers (17-6) and fast-break points (8-0). The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines in second-chance points (12-4).
The game featured no ties and no lead changes. Michigan never trailed at any point and led by as many as 10 in the second half. After U-M's final double-digit lead, Ohio State cut it down to as little as three, but the Wolverines never relinquished the advantage.
The Wolverines are now 9-5 this season when wearing their maize jerseys.
For the ninth 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 129 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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