Michigan Ends Regular Season with Exclamation Point at Nebraska

March 5, 2017

» Michigan's 36-point win over Nebraska is its third-largest margin of victory this season and fourth double-digit win over a Big Ten opponent of 2016-17.
» Derrick Walton Jr. posted his eighth career double-double and fourth of the season with 18 points and a program-record 16 assists.
» Michigan surpassed 60 percent shooting for the fourth time this season, shooting 63 percent, with 14 of its 34 field goals coming from three-point range.
» With the win, U-M head coach John Beilein tied legendary coach Johnny Orr for most wins at Michigan with 209.

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Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Score: Michigan 93, Nebraska 57
Records: U-M (20-11, 10-8 B1G), NEB (12-18, 6-12 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 9 -- vs. Illinois - Big Ten Tournament (Washington, D.C.), Noon [ TV: BTN ]

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team ended the regular season with its most dominant Big Ten win and third-largest margin of victory this season, defeating Nebraska, 93-57, Sunday evening (March 5) inside Pinnacle Bank Arena to reach the 20-win mark.

With the victory, U-M head coach John Beilein tied legendary coach Johnny Orr for most wins at Michigan with 209. Beilein has guided the Wolverines to seven 20-win seasons in his 10-year tenure at Michigan, and he is the first U-M coach to have seven seasons with 10 or more Big Ten wins.

Derrick Walton Jr. posted his eighth career double-double and fourth of the season with a game-high 18 points and a U-M single-game record 16 assists. Zak Irvin was 6-of-9 from the floor to finish with 15 points, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman was 5-of-7 for 13 points and Moritz Wagner (11 points) and Duncan Robinson (10 points) were both 4-of-5. The Wolverines shot 63 percent (34-for-54) from the field, hitting the 60 percent mark for the fourth time this season, and were 14-for-27 (52 percent) from long range.

After Nebraska registered the first field goal of the game, Michigan erupted on a 14-0 run that featured three-pointers from Irvin, Abdur-Rahkman, Wagner and Walton. The highlight of that run came on a steal by Irvin that led to Walton threading a long bounce pass ahead to Abdur-Rahkman for the one-handed dunk.

Mark Donnal provided a spark off the bench, scoring five quick points, including U-M's fifth three-pointer of the game, and the Maize and Blue led 21-10 with 11:43 remaining in the opening half.

Michigan continued to build its lead by scoring in a variety of ways, including three-pointers, out-of-bounds plays, shot-clock buzzer beaters, and crafty assists, while also forcing the Cornhuskers into several costly turnovers. With the Wolverines up 30-19 with seven minutes on the clock, U-M went on a 9-0 run bookended by a layup and three-pointer from Wagner for its first 20-point lead at the five-minute mark. The two teams traded buckets in the final minutes of the half, and Michigan led 45-29 at the intermission.

The Wolverines picked right up where they left off, scoring seven of the first nine points of the second half to regain a 20-plus point lead, 52-31, with less than two minutes off the clock. With U-M leading 54-37, 12 of Michigan's next 18 points came from behind the arc, with the last triple coming from D.J. Wilson. Wilson followed with a turnaround jumper to give U-M a 32-point advantage with 9:23 left.

Overall, 10 different players recorded points to spark the win, with Michigan's last 10 points of the night coming from its bench, including four from Xavier Simpson and two apiece from Ibi Watson and Sean Lonergan. U-M took a 38-point lead, its largest of the night, with 2:11 left and cruised to the 93-57 victory.

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The Wolverines will now shift their attention toward the postseason and the Big Ten Tournament (March 8-12) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Michigan, which earned the eighth seed, will face ninth-seeded Illinois on Thursday (March 9) at noon live on BTN.

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