March 14, 2013
With the 83-66 victory over Penn State, Michigan advanced to the quarterfinals and will face No. 4 seed Wisconsin on Friday. The tip time is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CDT; the game will start 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game of the day.
The Wolverines used a balanced scoring output with five players scoring in double figures: Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Jon Horford. The first three players scored more than 15 points in the contest.
Sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten Player of the Year, led the team with 21 points and three assists. It is Burke's fourth straight game with 20 points and his sixth in the past seven games. Burke also tied a career high with three blocks. He posted eight points, two assists and two blocks in the first 20 minutes.
Burke was seven out of 15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point land and converted all four free throws.
Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points and added a team-high five assists. He contributed eight points and three assists in the first half.
Junior/sophomore Jon Horford scored a postseason-best 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks. He was four out of six from the field.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary scored six points and grabbed two offensive rebounds in his first five minutes of action, aiding in the Wolverines' 11-0 run that tied the score at 14-14 at the 11:24 mark.
McGary had a double-double in the first half, tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds (four offensive and six defensive) while contributing one assist and one block in 13 minutes of action.
McGary finished the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. It is his second career double-double and the ninth achieved by a Wolverine in Big Ten Tournament history.
Today was Tim Hardaway's 100th career game and 100th start in a Michigan uniform. He is the 19th Wolverine to make at least 100 starts and the 59th player to play in at 100 contests.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas hit double figures with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Stauskas was 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from three and hit all five free throws. He hit a pair of three-pointers and grabbed three rebounds in the first half.
Seven Wolverines saw their first career Big Ten Tournament action during today's game. Two freshman starters -- Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III -- and three reserve freshmen Spike Albrecht, Caris LeVert and Mitch McGary made their initial appearances. In addition, junior forward Jon Horford and redshirt freshmen Max Bielfeldt also saw their first career postseason action.
Michigan won its first game against Penn State in Big Ten Tournament action. Michigan won its first game against Penn State in Big Ten Tournament action. Previously, the Wolverines lost to the Nittany Lions in the 2000 and 2001 tournaments.
The Wolverines won their first game at the Big Ten Tournament for the seventh straight season. The last opening-round loss was in 2006.
Michigan grabbed a 35-33 halftime advantage after trailing 14-3 at the outset. The Wolverines finished the half with a 34.2 percent shooting percentage (13-38).
U-M went on a 21-4 run to grab a 24-18 lead after Hardaway's three-point basket at 8:27 of the first half.
The Wolverines shot 64 percent from the field in the second half (16-25) to finish the contest with a 46-percent shooting percentage for the game.
Michigan's bench attributed for 10 points in the first half (all from McGary), while Penn State did not receive a point from its bench.
The Wolverines got 10 of their 21 first-half rebounds on the offensive end and used those second-chance opportunities to outscore the Nittany Lions by a 17-6 margin in that category.