March 11, 2010
With the win, Michigan improves to 15-16 overall. The Wolverines improve their all-time Big Ten Tournament record to 10-11 (6-10*). Iowa ends the season with a 10-22 record.
Michigan will play top-seeded Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals tomorrow (Friday, March 12). Tipoff is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Michigan swept the season series with Iowa. The Wolverines won 60-46 (Jan. 30) and 80-78 (Feb. 16) in addition to Thursday's 59-52 win.
The two teams met in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight year. Last season, Michigan was the No. 7 seed (Iowa was No. 10), and Michigan won 73-45 (March 12). In 2008, Michigan was the No. 9 seed and Iowa was the No. 8, and Michigan won 55-47 (March 13).
Michigan improves to 87-57 (83-52*) all-time against Iowa and 5-0 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
John Beilein improves to 7-2 all-time against Iowa.
John Beilein is now three wins shy of his 600th career victory (597-370).
It was Michigan's first win of the season when scoring between 50-59 points (1-7).
Manny Harris led Michigan with 22 points (6-of-14 FG; 9-of-10 FT). It was Harris' 36th game of 20-plus points (15th time this season). He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The 22 points for Harris are tied for the 10th-best single game in U-M Big Ten Tournament history. LaVell Blanchard scored 22 on March 8, 2001, against Penn State in the first round.
Harris' nine free throws are the most since going 11-of-13 against Alabama (November 29). His nine free throws are also tied for the Michigan record for most free throws in a single Big Ten Tournament game with Courtney Sims (March 10, 2005), Lester Abram (March 12, 2004), LaVell Blanchard (March 8, 2002) and Louis Bullock (March 5, 1999).
Harris has scored 20-plus points in all three contests with Iowa this season (20-20-22).
Harris also collected three steals, moving him past Thad Garner (1979-82) into seventh all-time on U-M's career steals list (143).
DeShawn Sims made his first three-point field goal since Feb. 16 at Iowa. Sims finished the game with 14 points, his 25th double-digit scoring game of the season and 81st of his career.
Michigan shot 38 percent from the field against Iowa (19-of-50) and 24 percent from three-point range (6-of-25).
The Wolverines went 15-of-18 from the free-throw line (83 percent).
Michigan finished with a positive assist-turnover for the 27th time in 31 games this season. The Wolverines had 13 assists to only eight turnovers.
Michigan forced 14 Iowa turnovers (six steals -- three from Harris).
Michigan went with a starting lineup of Stu Douglass, Darius Morris, Zack Novak, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims for ninth straight time.
Stu Douglass played all 40 minutes of Thursday's game against Iowa. Harris played 38 and Zack Novak played 37.
Michigan's bench outscored Iowa's bench 15-2 -- seven from Zack Gibson, five from Laval Lucas-Perry and three from Anthony Wright. Those three outscored Michigan's three other starters (Novak, Douglass and Morris) 15-8.
Michigan never trailed against Iowa and led by as many as 16. The Wolverines led 32-23 at halftime.
DeShawn Sims has now played in 128 straight games (131 for his career), moving him into a tie for sixth on U-M's all-time list for games played with Dion Harris (2004-07). Zack Gibson has played in 98 consecutive games for the Wolverines. Stu Douglass also extended his consecutive games played streak to 66, while Laval Lucas-Perry has played in 57 straight.
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