March 18, 2011
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The 75-45 victory over Tennessee is the second-biggest margin of victory in NCAA Tournament history for the Wolverines. U-M defeated Virginia by 37 points in the 1989 Southeast Regional finals (102-65).
Michigan became the first team in NCAA Tournament history to win a game without converting a free throw (0-1).
Seven players scored eight or more points for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines had five players reach double figures in scoring. It was the first time since 1998 that the team had five players in double-digit scoring.
Junior forward Zack Novak had his fifth double-double of the season (14 points, 10 rebounds) and notched his first in NCAA Tournament action.
Novak hit four-of-six three-point attempts in the game, including three straight at the outset of the second half.
Sophomore guard Matt Vogrich scored a season-high 11 points in the contest. He tallied nine points in the first half and was perfect from the field (5-5, including one three-pointer).
Sophomore point guard Darius Morris had a game-high nine assists and contributed eight points.
Michigan dominated Tennessee in the paint, scoring 46 points to 22 for the Vols.
The Wolverines outscored the Volunteers 42-16 in the second half; converted 64.3 percent from the field (18-28).
Coach John Beilein has guided the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons and made his seventh NCAA Tournament appearance.
Beilein posted an opening-round victory for the second time as Michigan's coach. U-M defeated Clemson, 62-59, in the first round during the 2008-09 season.
Beilein has an 8-5 all-time record at the NCAA Tournament and is 2-1 as Michigan head coach.
Beilein has won the opening-round game during his last five NCAA Tournament appearances and nine straight postseason opportunities (five NCAA, four NIT).
Michigan has appeared in 22 NCAA Tournaments during its 95 years of intercollegiate action (officially 18 appearances since four were vacated due to sanctions).
The Wolverines have compiled a 36-16 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.
U-M had 11 players make their NCAA Tournament debuts in the victory over Tennessee: Eso Akunne, Josh Bartelstein, Colton Christian, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jon Horford, Blake McLimans, Jordan Morgan, Darius Morris, Corey Person, Evan Smotrycz and Matt Vogrich.
Hardaway, Morgan and Morris made their first career starts in NCAA Tournament play.
Michigan graduate Tracy Wolfson was the sideline announcer on the game.
Frank Beckmann subbed for regular announcer Matt Shepard on the Michigan Radio Network broadcast. Shepard had a scheduling conflict with college hockey.