March 15, 2014
Playing as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in school history, Michigan defeated Ohio State in the semifinal round to advance to the tournament final for the first time since 1998.
When Jordan Morgan pulled down his first rebound of the game, he passed U-M legend Cazzie Russell (1963-66) to take over sole possession of 19th place on Michigan's all-time rebounding list. Morgan finished with eight points and five rebounds while matching a career high with three assists.
Playing in his 137th career game for U-M, Jordan Morgan set the school's all-time record for games played, passing former teammate Stu Douglass (2008-12). Morgan's presence in today's starting lineup marks his 117th career start, which places him fifth all-time at Michigan (Louis Bullock, 129).
Overall, U-M improves to 15-15 (11-14 sanctions) all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, including a 2-3 (1-3) record in the semifinal round and an 8-6 cumulative record under head coach John Beilein. U-M is 5-1 on a neutral floor so far this season.
Michigan earned its first win against Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament history, moving to 1-6 (1-5) all-time against OSU. The Wolverines are 76-98 (68-94) in the all-time series with the Buckeyes and have won three consecutive matchups between the schools.
The Wolverines are riding a seven-game win streak, their second-longest of the season, and have not lost since Feb. 16. The Maize and Blue picked up 10 consecutive wins between Dec. 21 and Jan. 30 of this season.
Since falling to Arizona, 72-70, on Dec. 14, U-M is 12-0 in games decided by single digits.
U-M began the game by scoring on six of its seven first possessions and started 6-for-7 from the floor, knocking down three triples. Six of Michigan's first nine baskets were three-pointers, and six different Wolverines rattled home at least one three in the win.
In the first half, six of the eight U-M players that saw action scored five or more points, led by eight points from Caris LeVert. As a team, Michigan shot 64 percent from the floor (16-for-25), with half of its made field goals coming from beyond the arc, where the Wolverines shot 61.5 percent (8-for-13).
The Maize and Blue finished at a 53.2 percent (25-for-47) clip from the floor, including 52.2 percent (12-for-23) from three. The win marks Michigan's 17th game this season in which the team shot 50 percent or better from the floor, and it is the seventh time U-M hit the same mark or better from beyond the arc. The Wolverines have now hit the 50 percent plateau in both categories in six games this season.
Michigan racked up 15 assists on 25 made field goals (60 percent), including 12 assists on 16 first-half buckets, and surpassed its season average of 14.4 helpers per contest in the process. On the season, U-M averages an assist on 55.9 percent of all made field goals (462 assists on 827 field goals).
The Wolverine lineup featured three players with double-figure points: Nik Stauskas (18), Caris LeVert (17) and Glenn Robinson III (11). Stauskas has now led U-M in scoring in 19 contests this season, and the win marks his 10th consecutive game in double-digit scoring. Robinson and LeVert have both hit the mark in eight straight contests. Michigan is 12-2 when all three players score in double figures.
Six different U-M players shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the win: Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas (6-for-12, 50 percent), Caris LeVert (6-for-9, 66.7 percent), Glenn Robinson III (4-for-8, 50 percent), Jordan Morgan (3-for-4, 75 percent), Derrick Walton Jr. (3-for-6, 50 percent) and Zak Irvin (2-for-3, 66.7 percent).
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