March 20, 2014
Michigan improves to 26-8 on the season, its second-highest win total under head coach John Beilein (31-8 in 2013). With today's win, U-M has avoided the possibility of back-to-back losses during this year's campaign, marking the first season since 1993 in which the Wolverines will go all year without dropping consecutive decisions.
In its 25th (20th, sanctions) NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, Michigan is playing as a No. 2 seed for the first time since 1986, marking the school's highest seeding since it earned a No. 1 seed in 1993.
Overall, U-M improves to 49-23 (42-19) all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including a 16-3 (14-2) all-time mark in the round of 64. Michigan is 8-4 in the tournament under head coach John Beilein, who has led the Wolverines to five tournament appearances in his seven seasons in Ann Arbor, including four straight.
The win marks the 699th career victory for John Beilein. With a win on Saturday, Beilein would become the sixth active coach to reach the 700-win plateau.
Michigan is now 2-0 all-time against Wofford; the only previous meeting between the two schools occurred in December 2006. The Wolverines held Wofford to just 40 points, marking the lowest total for a U-M opponent in the school's NCAA Tournament history.
In the first half, seven different Wolverines contributed to the offensive effort, led by 11 points from Glenn Robinson III on 5-for-8 shooting. Michigan was 14-for-22 from the field (63.6 percent), including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc (50 percent) while holding Wofford to 32.1-percent shooting (9-for-28).
After taking its first lead of the game at 15:15 on a Derrick Walton Jr. three-pointer (7-4), U-M did not look back, using separate runs of 9-0 and 8-0 to extend its lead to 14 points before the half. The U-M lead grew as large as 18 (16:13, second half).
Michigan finished the game at a 47.8-percent clip (22-for-46) from the field, including 41.2 percent (7-for-17) from three, marking the 22nd game this season in which U-M has shot 45 percent or better from the field as a team. The Wolverines held Wofford to 34 percent (18-for-53) from the field, including 1-for-19 from outside the arc, a season low for the Terriers.
Three different Wolverines finished the game in double-figure points: Nik Stauskas (team-high 15), Glenn Robinson III (14) and Jordan Morgan (10). Morgan added 10 rebounds, matching a season high, and a pair of assists, giving him his second double-double of the season and the sixth of his career.
Seven different Wolverines registered an assist in the win: Derrick Walton Jr. (game-high 5), Caris LeVert (4), Jordan Morgan (2), Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Spike Albrecht and Jon Horford (1 each).
As a whole, U-M totaled 15 assists on 22 made field goals, marking the 18th game this season in which the Wolverines have finished with 15 or more helpers as a team. The team's season assist-percentage improves to 56.1 percent (487 assists on 867 made field goals).
With his first basket of the night, Nik Stauskas overtook Robbie Reid (1998-99) for sole possession of eighth place on Michigan's all-time list of three-point baskets made. His 163 career threes are the most by a U-M player in his first two seasons since Louis Bullock (1995-99) had 171 in the same span.
With his fourth field goal of the night, Nik Stauskas passed the 1,000-point mark for his career, becoming the 48th Wolverine to hit that plateau.
Glenn Robinson III added seven rebounds to his 14 points, slightly above his career tournament averages of 12.7 points and 5.5 boards per contest. He has drained four or more field goals in nine of his last 10 contests, hitting at least six shots in five of those games.
The Wolverines finished with just eight total fouls, well below their nation-leading 14.5 fouls per contest. After finishing the first half with eight turnovers, U-M lost possession just three times in the final frame to finish with 11 turnovers, slightly above their season average of 9.4, which ranks seventh nationally.
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