March 23, 2013
Michigan improves to 28-7 overall this season. Its 28 wins mark the most in a season since the 1992-93 season when the Wolverines went 31-5. It is also the most wins in a season for John Beilein as a head coach. Previously, he led West Virginia to a 27-9 season in 2006-07.
Michigan will advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 1994 tournament. That year, the Wolverines advanced to the regional finals before losing to No. 1 seed and eventual national champion, Arkansas, 76-68.
Michigan's 25-point victory marks the 15th time this season the Wolverines have beat an opponent by 15 or more points.
Today's matchup marked the first all-time meeting between Michigan and VCU.
Head coach John Beilein is now 25-14 all-time in postseason play, including a 10-7 mark in the NCAA Division I Tournament and a 4-3 record at Michigan.
Michigan is now 45-22 (38-18 sanctioned) all-time in NCAA Tournament history.
U-M is now 2-0 against No. 5-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament. The last time U-M faced a No. 5 seed was during the 1989 NCAA Tournament, when the Wolverines beat Virginia, 102-65, in the regional semifinals, en route to winning the national title.
Michigan was 5-for-6 shooting to start the game, as all five starters scored before the first media timeout of the first half.
The Wolverines ended the first half on a 20-6 run to take a 38-23 advantage at the half and are now 21-4 this season when leading at the break. It marked just the sixth time this season and first since facing Northwestern on Jan. 30 that the Wolverines have led by 15 or more points at halftime.
Michigan shot 52 percent (31-for-60) from the field, marking the 18th time this season the Wolverines have shot 50 percent or better.
U-M outrebounded VCU, 41-24, and has outrebounded its opponent in 23 games this season.
With his seven assists, Trey Burke set the sophomore and single-season record, which was previously held by Darius Morris (235; 2010-11). He now has 236 assists this season. Burke has dished out four or more in 26 of 28 games this season.
Mitch McGary recorded his third career double-double with a career-high 21 points and career-high 14 rebounds, including nine boards in the first half. He converted a career-best 10 field goals, going 10-for-11 from the field.
With his 14 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded his 27th double-figure scoring effort of the season and 81st of his career. He has gone 8-for-11 from long range in the first two NCAA Tournament games.
With his 14 points, Glenn Robinson III reached double-digit scoring for the 20th time this season. He finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.
Mitch McGary earned his second consecutive start and fourth of his career. The Wolverines are 3-1 with McGary in the starting lineup.
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