Michigan Stifles Tennessee, Moves On to NCAA Round of 32
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March 18, 2011

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Site: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Second Round)
Score: Michigan 75, Tennessee 45
Records: Michigan (21-13), Tennessee (19-15)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 20 -- vs. Duke - NCAA Round of 32 (Charlotte, N.C.), 2:30 p.m. (TV: CBS)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-45 victory over ninth-seeded Tennessee on Friday (March 18) at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The eighth-seeded Wolverines used a 19-2 run at the start of the second half to reach the round of 32.

Junior captain Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) keyed the second-half burst with three three-pointers in the first five minutes of the second half. Novak led a group of five double-digit scorers for the Wolverines with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the contest. Junior Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS), sophomore Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest HS) and freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) each contributed 11 points and redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit HS) chipped in 10 points.

Michigan dominated the scoring in the paint with 46 points to just 22 for the Volunteers. The Wolverines scored 20 points off 18 UT turnovers, had 10 fast-break points and tallied 12 points on second-chance opportunities.

Michigan blew the game wide open at the outset of the second half, starting with a 7-0 run to begin the stanza and a 10-0 run after the Volunteers' first basket of the half. The Wolverines scored 19 of the first 21 points in the second half to open up a 52-31 lead at the 13:47 mark. Novak hit three three-pointers during the run and Morgan converted three baskets in the paint.

The Wolverines held the Volunteers to just 16 points in the second half. Michigan shot 64.3 percent in the second frame (18-28) with six-of-11 from three-point land. U-M outscored UT 23-12 over the final 12-plus minutes of the contest.

Michigan held a 33-29 advantage after the first 20 minutes. The Wolverines stormed back over the final eight minutes, keyed by a 16-6 run over the final 6:04 minutes of the half. U-M utilized a balanced scoring effort in the first half as eight different players scored points. The bench contributed 16 of the Wolverines' 33 first-half points, led by Vogrich with nine points and freshman Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep {N.H.]) with five points.

U-M gained its first lead of the contest during a 10-0 run that began with a Novak offensive rebound and layup at 6:40. Vogrich scored the next five points on a three-pointer from the wing and a layup on a backdoor cut that gave U-M a 24-23 lead at 5:06.

Tennessee was led in the scoring column by freshman forward Tobias Harris with 19 points in the first half. He was a perfect six-of-six from the field and knocked down all seven free throws. Harris scored the first eight points of the game for the Volunteers. He was held scoreless by the Wolverines during the second half, missing all five attempts.

The foul differentials were a big factor in the first half, with the Wolverines being whistled for 10 team fouls, while Tennessee was called for seven infractions. However, U-M became the first team in NCAA Tournament history to win a game without converting a free throw (0-for-1).

Michigan will face top-seeded Duke, an 87-45 second-round winnner over Hampton, on Sunday (March 20) at approximately 2:30 p.m., with the game televised by CBS. The Wolverines have an 8-19 record (5-16 officially due to vacated records) against Duke and have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. Both previous match-ups with the Blue Devils came in the Final Four.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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