March 5, 2011
With the win over Michigan State, Michigan improves to 19-12 (9-9 Big Ten).
Michigan swept the season series over Michigan State for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Michigan improves to 93-74 (*86-71) all-time against the Spartans.
Since starting the conference slate 1-6, Michigan won 8 of its last 11 Big Ten games.
The Wolverines have won their last three home regular-season finales.
The Wolverines were led in scoring by freshman Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 20 points (6-of-13 FG, 2-of-6 3-pt., 6-of-8 FT), all in the second half. He also added three assists and two rebounds.
Hardaway has scored in double figures in 12 straight and 16 out of his last 17 games. He has led the Wolverines in scoring in 10 games this season.
Freshman Evan Smotrycz came off the bench to score 14 points, his highest scoring total since Jan. 30 against Iowa (also 14). He also added a game-high three steals.
Sophomore Darius Morris scored 13 points to go along with a game-high six assists and five rebounds. He has scored in double digits in 26 of Michigan's 31 games this season.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan added 10 points and six rebounds.
Michigan had 13 assists to only six turnovers. It is 15-7 when it has a positive assist/turnover ratio.
The Wolverines shot 74 percent from the free throw line (23-of-31). It was Michigan's most number of makes (23) and second-most attempts (31) this season.
Michigan held the advantage over Michigan State in points in the paint (26-20), points off turnovers (4) and fast-break points (6-2).
Michigan's bench outscored Michigan State's bench, 19-16.
Michigan held Michigan State to just 33 percent shooting (20-of-61) in the contest.
The Wolverines have won their last two games by identical scores. They also beat Minnesota by a 70-63 score last Saturday (Feb. 26).
Michigan did not yield a field goal to Michigan State during the first 6:18 of the game.
Michigan never trailed in this game. They led by as many as 14 in the contest.
The Wolverines wore their maize jerseys for the 11th time this season. Michigan is now 6-6 this season when wearing maize.