March 30, 2014
With today's loss, Michigan falls to 28-9 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 37 games played by the 2013-14 squad tie for second most all-time at U-M (1988-89).
Michigan's 59 combined wins over the last two seasons are the most over a two-year span in U-M history and the highest two-year total since the 1991-92* and 1992-93* teams combined for 56 wins.
The Wolverines fall to 7-5 (6-5) all-time in the Elite Eight round. In its 25th (21st*) NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, Michigan played 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 moves to 51-24 (43-20) all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Michigan is 10-5 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. Those four straight appearances mark the team's longest streak since appearing in five straight NCAA Tournaments from 1992-1996*.
The Wolverines fall to 2-5 (1-5*) in their all-time series with the Wildcats. Today's meeting was the first between the two schools since they met in the 1993 Final Four held in New Orleans, La, a game Michigan won, 81-78, in overtime.
In the first half, U-M knocked down 50 percent of its field goals (14-for-28), including a 38-percent (3-for-8) mark from beyond the arc. The opening frame featured six different offensive contributors for the Maize and Blue, led by Nik Stauskas' 18 points, which came on 71.4 percent (5-for-7) shooting and an 85.7-percent (6-for-7) clip from the free throw line.
The Maize and Blue shot 47.4 percent (27-for-57), including 38.9 percent (7-for-18) from three. U-M added to its Big Ten-best team free throw percentage by shooting 78.6 percent (11-for-14) as a team, improving their season clip to 76.2 percent (527-for-691). The Wolverines shot at a 77.8 percent mark (42-for-54) as a unit from the stripe in this year's NCAA Tournament.
Michigan hauled down 14 offensive rebounds in the game, marking the 13th time this season and second time this tournament (11 against Texas, March 22) that U-M has hit double-digit boards on the offensive glass.
The Wolverines finished with 14 fouls and seven turnovers as a team, right in line with their season averages of 14.25 fouls and 9.3 turnovers per contest; those marks rank first and seventh in the country, respectively. Michigan's turnovers-per-game average will go down as the best mark in school history.
In sinking seven three-pointers in today's game, this year's squad added to its school record for most threes in a single season; the mark is now 319. Each of Michigan's top five season totals in made three-pointers have come in the John Beilein era.
This year's Wolverines will go down as the seventh-highest scoring team in U-M history, having scored 2,736 points this season (73.94 points per game).
After a 5-for-6 (83.3 percent) shooting performance today, Jordan Morgan has officially cemented himself at the top of U-M's single-season and career field goal percentage lists. He finishes this season shooting at a 70-percent clip (98-for-140) and finishes with a career mark of 63.1 percent (419-for-664). Both marks surpass the records held by Maceo Baston* (68.16 percent single season in 1995-96; 62.67 percent career from 1994-98).
U-M featured three players in double-figure scoring: Nik Stauskas (game-high 24), Glenn Robinson III (14) and Jordan Morgan (11). Robinson closes the season having hit four or more field goals in 12 of the last 13 games (six today), while Caris LeVert matched a career high with five assists (nine times, last vs. Tennessee, March 28).
The loss marks 15 straight games in double-digit points for Nik Stauskas, who scored in double figures in 32 of Michigan's 37 games this season. Stauskas scored at least 14 points in each of the team's final dozen contests and surpassed the 20-point-plateau on 14 occasions this season.
Including today's game-high 24 points, Nik Stauskas has led U-M in scoring or tied for the lead in 23 of 36 games this season; he has been or tied for the high scorer for either team in 17 of those 23 contests
With his second basket of the night (a three-pointer at 13:48, first half), Nik Stauskas passed Louis Bullock* (1995-97) for the most made three-pointers by any Wolverine in their first two seasons at 172.
After sinking a pair of free throws (12:01, first half), Nik Stauskas passed George Lee (1,043 points; 1957-59) for sole possession of 43rd place on Michigan's all-time scoring list. He finishes the 2013-14 campaign with 1,080 career points.
With his inclusion in today's starting lineup, Jordan Morgan tied former teammate Zack Novak (2009-12) for third-most starts in U-M history. The 142 games Morgan has played in already stand as a Michigan record.
Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert were both named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team, marking the 25th and 26th time a U-M player has earned the distinction. LeVert becomes the 14th different Wolverine to be recognized, as Stauskas was a part of the 2013 South Regional All-Tournament Team.
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