March 16, 2012
The Wolverines suffered their first opening-round loss at the NCAA Tournament under coach John Beilein. U-M won its previous two openers. Beilein has compiled a 2-3 tourney record at Michigan and is 8-7 all-time as a head coach.
U-M made its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and has compiled a 43-22 all-time record (with sanctions, the Wolverines are 36-18 and are making their 18th appearance).
The only previous postseason match-up between the two schools was a 69-57 Michigan victory in the 1964 NCAA Tourney held in Minneapolis, Minn. Cazzie Russell (25) and Bill Buntin (15) led the way for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines suffered their first loss in four games against Ohio University (3-1). U-M beat OU in the 1964 NCAA Tournament and posted two regular-season victories over the Bobcats.
U-M assistant coach Bacari Alexander, sport administrator Brian Townsend and strength coach Jon Sanderson are former members of the Ohio University basketball program. Alexander (2007-08) and Townsend (2004-07) were assistant coaches and Sanderson played for the Bobcats in 2001-02.
Michigan suffered its first loss to a Mid-American Conference school in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines are now 2-1 all-time against the league.
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. responded with a 14-point performance on his 20th birthday. He led the team with 10 points in the first half, nailing two three-pointers and a pair of two-point baskets.
Freshman point guard Trey Burke scored 12 of his team-high 16 points over the final 8:35 of the game. He also contributed five assists and one steal. Burke forced a key turnover with a little less than a minute remaining that gave the Wolverines possession down three.
Junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan posted eight points and eight rebounds in the loss to the Bobcats, including six of those points in the first half.
Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz came off the bench to net 15 points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines, including six points in the first 20 minutes. He knocked down his first six shots of the game and finished 6-of-7 from the field. He hit both three-point attempts.
Smotrycz's 15 points exceeded his previous NCAA Tournament best performance of 13 points against Duke last year.
Douglass set the school record for the most games played by a Wolverine (136). He was tied with Loy Vaught (1986-90) for the U-M record but broke that tie with today's starting assignment against the Bobcats. Douglass did not miss a game in his career.
Novak made his 93rd consecutive starting assignment. He is third all-time with 122 career starts.
Novak set the school record for the most career minutes logged by a Wolverine (4,357). With 32 minutes against the Bobcats, Novak surpassed Louis Bullock (4,356) by one minute for the school mark for minutes played.
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