March 9, 2012
Michigan began the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed for the first time. U-M's best seed prior to this season was the 2003 tournament, a No. 3 seed.
Michigan improves to 24-8 for the season. The 24 wins mark the most wins in a season during head coach John Beilein's Michigan career.
The last time that the Wolverines posted 24 wins a season was 1997-98. U-M posted 25 victories* during that season.
Michigan is 3-8 when trailing at halftime this season. All three victories came in overtime -- against Northwestern (twice) and against Minnesota tonight.
Michigan holds a 3-1 edge over Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament. With the win, the Wolverines improve to 85-65 (79-61*) all-time against the Golden Gophers. John Beilein is now 7-3 against Minnesota in his Michigan career
Trey Burke led the Wolverines with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-14 (79 percent) shooting, including 3-of-4 (75 percent) from three-point range. This marked a U-M record for scoring in the Big Ten Tournament.
Burke registered the first 30-point game for Michigan since Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 30 in an overtime win at Iowa last season (Feb. 19, 2011).
Burke had 11 of the Wolverines' first 12 points in the game. He has scored in double figures in 29 of his 32 career games. He also reached the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season. Burke added a team-high three assists, two steals, and two blocks, along with two rebounds in the win.
Burke scored over 20 points in both games against the Gophers this season. He poured in 27 points in the win at Crisler Center on Jan. 1, 2012.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points in the victory, marking the sixth time this season (12 in his career) he has reached the 20-point mark. He scored 16 of his total in the second half.
It was the second time in three games that Burke and Hardaway scored over 20 points in a contest. Hardaway scored 25 and Burke had 21 at Illinois (March 1).
Matt Vogrich's two made free throws at 1:51 of the first half were his first in 15 games. He was 2-for-4 on the season heading into the tournament.
Michigan lost the rebounding battle 37-25. The Wolverines are 10-5 when they are outrebounded by their opponent.
The Wolverines had nine assists and turned the ball nine times. It was the 13th time this season, and the seventh time in the last ten games, that U-M had less than 10 turnovers. Michigan is 4-0 this season when recording an even assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Minnesota into 16 turnovers, leading to 15 points. The Wolverines are 15-3 this season when they commit fewer turnovers than their opponent.
Michigan outscored Minnesota in points in the paint (26-24), points off turnovers (15-10), and second chance points (13-11). The Golden Gophers outscored the Wolverines in fast break points (11-2).
The game featured eight ties and three lead changes. Michigan never trailed by more than nine, led by as many as seven, and never trailed during overtime.
Michigan was held without a basket for first 6:34 of the game. Trey Burke scored the team's first bucket on a fast-break layup at 13:26.
Stu Douglass moved into a tie for second all-time in games played (134), having never missed a game in his career. He tied U-M legend Glen Rice (1986-89); Douglass has not missed a single game in his career. Zack Novak also moved into a tie for fifth with 132 career games.
With his start, Zack Novak started his 91st straight game and remains third all-time with 120 career starts.
Zack Novak logged 42 minutes against Minnesota and needs just 77 to surpass Louis Bullock* (4,356) for the all-time record in minutes played at Michigan. Novak remains second all-time with 4,290 career minutes played.
Michigan went with the same starting lineup for the 14th straight game: Trey Burke, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan.
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