March 28, 2014
With today's win, Michigan improves to 28-8 on the season, its second-highest win total under head coach John Beilein (31-8 in 2013); the team has matched the 28-win mark for just the fifth time in school history.
The Wolverines advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight season and the 13th (12th*) time in school history. The team's back-to-back trips mark the first time U-M has played in consecutive Elite Eight's since it made three straight appearances in 1992, 1993* and 1994. U-M moves to 12-2 (11-2*, sanctions) all-time when playing in the Sweet 16.
Michigan will play the winner of No. 4 Louisville and No. 8 Kentucky on Sunday, March 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind, with the title of Midwest Regional Champion and a bid to the Final Four on the line.
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 51-23 (44-19) all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Michigan is 10-4 in the tournament under 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 6-5 in its all-time series with Tennessee, stretching its series winning streak to three consecutive victories. Today's meeting was the first between the two schools since they met during the NCAA Tournament three years ago on March 18, 2011; a game Michigan won 75-45.
U-M opened the game by knocking down six of its first seven shot attempts, including each of its three triples, as part of a first half that featured half a dozen different Wolverines with at least six points, including all five starters. Michigan shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from the floor, including 77.8 percent (7-for-9) from beyond the arc as a team in the opening frame.
Four different Wolverines hit at least one three in the first half, marking the eighth game in the last nine in which at least that many different U-M players have hit at least one triple in the contest.
When the team's fifth three-pointer of the game fell through, U-M began adding to a new school record for most three-pointers made in a single season, breaking the previous mark of 305, set in 2008-09. U-M now has 312 made triples on the season.
This year's squad cracked the top 10 for most points scored by a U-M team in a single season on a Caris LeVert three-pointer (17:56, first half), surpassing the prior 10th-place mark of 2,595 points set in 1996-97. The Wolverines passed the 1997-98* (2,630 points) and 1991-92* (2,647 points) teams during the contest, too, and have now totaled 2,664 points so far this season, good for eighth all-time.
Michigan would go on to shoot 55.1 percent (27-for-49) from the floor, including 55 percent (11-for-20) from three, marking the seventh time this season U-M has shot at a 50 percent clip or better from both the field and from three as a team.
The Wolverines finished with 14 assists on 27 made field goals (51.85 percent); they now average an assist on 55.9 percent of all field goals made (514 assists on 918 made field goals).
Michigan added to its team free throw percentage of 76.16 percent, a clip that ranks ninth nationally, by going 8-for-10 (80 percent) from the charity stripe, marking the 21st game this season in which U-M has shot 75 percent or better from the line as a team.
Michigan featured four players in double-digit scoring: Jordan Morgan (team-high 15), Nik Stauskas (14), Glenn Robinson III (13) and Caris LeVert. U-M improves to 8-0 when Morgan scores in double-figures this season and 13-2 when Stauskas, Robinson and LeVert hit that mark.
Jordan Morgan added seven rebounds to his 15 points, which match a season high (twice, last on March 22 vs. Texas); he reached that total on 7-for-9 shooting (77.8 percent), adding to the 62.71 percent career field goal percentage and 68.80 season field goal percentage clips he carried into today's game. Those marks are currently the best all-time at U-M, surpassing records held by Maceo Baston* (62.67% career; 68.16% in 1995-96).
For Nik Stauskas, the win marks 14 straight games in double-digits, while Glenn Robinson has hit four or more field goals in 11 of his last 12 contests (5-for 8 today).
Caris LeVert added three steals and five helpers, matching a career high in assists (eight times, last on March 1 vs. Minnesota); U-M is 7-0 when LeVert hits that mark in assists.
With his third basket of the night, a triple at 5:22, first half, Nik Stauskas crossed the 600-point threshold, marking the 21st time in U-M history that a player has scored at least 600 points in one season. Only Stauskas and Trey Burke have accomplished the feat since Louis Bullock scored 643 points in 1998-99.
With 170 made three-pointers to this point in his career, Nik Stauskas is just one three-ball short of tying Louis Bullock (1995-97)* for most made three's in his first two seasons at U-M.