March 22, 2014
The win marks career victory No. 700 for John Beilein, who becomes the sixth active NCAA coach to reach the 700-win plateau. Michigan improves to 27-8 on the season, its second-highest win total under Beilein (31-8 in 2013).
Michigan advances to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season and the 13th (*12th, sanctions) time in school history. The team's back-to-back trips mark the first time U-M has played in consecutive Sweet 16's since it made three straight appearances in 1992, 1993* and 1994.
Michigan will play the winner of No. 11 Tennessee and No. 14 Mercer from the Raleigh, N.C., pod at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., March 27-30.
In its 25th (20th) 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 50-23 (43-19) all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including a 7-8 (6-7) all-time mark in the round of 32. Michigan is 9-4 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.
U-M improves to 2-2 (2-1) in its all-time series with U-T. Today's meeting was the first between the two schools since they met in the same building during the NCAA Tournament on March 15, 1996, a game Texas won 80-76*.
When Michigan took the lead on a Caris LeVert three-pointer (14:18, first half), it did not look back. In a game that featured just one tie and two lead changes, the Wolverine lead grew as large as 18 (several times throughout, first at 7:20 of first half).
Six different players, five of them scoring six or more points, contributed to a first-half effort in which Michigan shot 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from the floor, including 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from beyond the arc. Four different Wolverines hit at least one three in the opening frame, marking the seventh game in the last eight in which at least that many different U-M players have hit at least one triple in the contest.
Michigan would go on to shoot 44.4 percent (24-for-54), including 50.0 percent (14-for-28) from beyond the arc for the game. The 14 three-pointers U-M sank are a school record in NCAA Tournament play. On the whole, six different Wolverines saw at least one three-pointer fall through, marking the eighth game this year in which six or more U-M players have knocked down at least one triple in a contest.
The Wolverines totaled 16 assists on 24 made field goals (66.7 percent), led by Nik Stauskas' career-best eight helpers. U-M has had 15 or more assists on 19 separate occasions this year. They now average an assist on 56.1 percent of all field goals made (500 assists on 891 made field goals).
Michigan added to its team free throw percentage of 76.0 percent, a clip that ranks ninth nationally, by going 17-for-21 (81.0 percent), marking the 20th game this season in which U-M has shot 75 percent or better from the line as a team. Jordan Morgan was 7-for-8 from the charity stripe while Nik Stauskas sank 5-of-6 attempts.
As a team, U-M committed just four turnovers and 12 fouls, both of which are below their season averages of 9.4 turnovers and 14.4 fouls per contest, marks that rank seventh and first in the country, respectively.
Four different U-M players finished the game in double-figure scoring: Nik Stauskas (team-high 17), Jordan Morgan (15), Glenn Robinson III (14) and Caris LeVert (14). For Stauskas, the win marks 13 straight games in double-digits while Robinson has hit four or more field goals in 10 of his last 11 contests. Michigan is 12-2 when Stauskas, Robinson and LeVert all hit double digits in scoring.
Jordan Morgan matched a career high and set a new season best by playing 35 minutes and added 10 rebounds, also matching a season high, to give him his seventh career double-double and his third this year. Morgan is the first U-M player with back-to-back double-doubles since Mitch McGary accomplished the feat in last year's NCAA Tournament against VCU (March 23, 2013) and Kansas (March 29, 2013).
When he pulled down his sixth board of the game, Jordan Morgan passed Chris Webber* for sole possession of 15th place on the all-time U-M rebounding list. His career total is now 707.