March 20, 2011
With the loss, Michigan finishes its season at 21-14. The Wolverines won 10 of their final 15 games.
Michigan drops its NCAA Tournament record to 43-21 (36-17* sanction adjusted). The Wolverines have lost in their second game at the NCAA Tournament in each of their last three appearances.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 8-20 (5-17*) all-time against Duke. The Wolverines are now 0-3 against the Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament. John Beilein falls to 1-4 all-time against Duke, including 1-2 as head coach of U-M.
Sunday's game marked the first meeting between Michigan and Duke in the NCAA Tournament since the Wolverines fell to the Blue Devils, 71-51, in the national championship game in 1992.
U-M falls to 4-6 (4-4*) all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines defeated Clemson, 62-59, in the first round in 2009 in their last NCAA Tournament meeting against an ACC foe.
Michigan falls to 3-5 (2-3*) all-time against No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. U-M's last win against a No. 1 seed came against Illinois in the 1989 national semifinals.
Darius Morris led the Wolverines with 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Morris led U-M in scoring in 13 games this season. Morris added a game-high six assists, as well as three rebounds and two steals.
With his six assists against Duke, Darius Morris became U-M's single-season assists leader. He passed Rumeal Robinson (233 in 1988-89) and Gary Grant (234 in 1987-88) to set the record. Morris finished with 235 assists on the season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Hardaway has scored in double figures in each of his last 16 games. Hardaway added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Zack Novak scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, scoring all of his points from behind the arc. Novak also led the Wolverines with five rebounds, marking the 17th game in which he has held at least a share of the team high in rebounding. Novak added an assist and a game-high three steals.
Darius Morris (16), Tim Hardaway Jr. (15), Evan Smotrycz (13), Zack Novak (12) and Jordan Morgan (10) each scored in double figures. This was the first time five players reached this plateau since the same five each put up double-digit scoring efforts against Iowa (Jan. 30).
U-M shot 51 percent (27-of-53) from the field -- 44 percent (12-of-27) in the first half and 58 percent (15-of-26) in the second half. The Wolverines also shot 33 percent (7-of-21) from beyond the arc -- 39 percent (5-of-13) in the first half and 25 percent (2-of-8) in the second half.
U-M shot 91 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line -- 80 percent (4-of-5) in the first half and a perfect 6-of-6 in the second half.
Michigan lost the rebounding battle, 33-22. The Wolverines were 10-13 this season when they were outrebounded by their opponent.
The Wolverines had 13 assists and turned the ball over seven times. Michigan was 17-9 this season when it recorded a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Duke into 11 turnovers, leading to nine points. The Wolverines were 12-7 this season when they committed fewer turnovers than their opponent.
Michigan outscored Duke in points in the paint (38-30) and fast-break points (11-6). The Blue Devils outscored the Wolverines in second-chance points (16-4) and points off turnovers (12-9).
The game featured three ties and two lead changes. Michigan never led by more than two in the first half and trailed by as many as 15 during the second half.
The Wolverines wore their maize jerseys for the 14th time this season. Michigan was 7-7 this season when wearing maize.
For the 11th straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Darius Morris, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan. Novak played in his 100th game, becoming the 57th Wolverine to play in 100 career games.
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