March 4, 2012
Michigan improves to 23-8 for the season and 13-5 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines have now won their last four games on the road. The 23 wins mark the most wins in a season during head coach John Beilein's Michigan career.
Michigan secured the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament and will play Friday (March 9) at 6:30 p.m. on BTN. U-M secured a first-round bye for the second straight year and its the highest all-time seed at the conference tournament.
Michigan's 13 Big Ten victories are the most since the 1993-94 season (13-5).
Michigan closed the Big Ten season with a 5-4 road record, the best under a John Beilein led U-M team. It is also the most conference road wins since the 1994-95 season (5-4).
Michigan has won its last three games at Penn State and four overall.
Michigan shot a season-best 55.6 percent on three-pointers, going 10-for-18. The Wolverines now have 10 games with 10-plus long-range buckets.
Evan Smotrycz earned his 11th double-figure scoring game of the season and 20th of his career. In fact, Smotrycz scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half.
Tim Hardaway Jr. tallied his sixth straight game scoring in double figures and the 24th this season. Over the last two road games, he is 7-for-10 from long range.
Trey Burke led Michigan with 19 points, giving him 28 double-digit games on the season. Over the last two road games, he averaged 20.0 points per game.
Stu Douglass tied a season best with six assists. He equaled the six he had against Bradley on Dec. 22. He was just one away from his career best of seven.
With one assist, Trey Burke extended his Michigan freshman single-season assist record as he now has 144 this season. Burke surpassed Gary Grant, who dished out 140 assists as a freshman in 1984-85.
With the start, Zack Novak started his 90th straight game and remains third all-time with 119 career starts.
With 25 minutes played, Zack Novak moved into second all-time with 4,248 career minutes played. He surpassed Gary Grant, who logged 4,231 minutes in his career. Novak needs just 109 to surpass Louis Bullock* (4,356) for the all-time record.
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