Nov. 21, 2011
With the win, Michigan improved its record to 4-0 for the season.
The victory improved U-M to 9-3 (8-1*) all-time at the Maui Invitational. The Wolverines have won their opening game in each of their five appearances at the tournament.
This was Michigan's first matchup against a ranked opponent this season. It was the Wolverines' first win against a top-10 team since they defeated No. 4 Duke, 81-73, three seasons ago (Dec. 6, 2008) at Crisler Arena.
Monday's matchup was the fourth (third*) all-time meeting between Michigan and Memphis. With the win, the Wolverines improved to 3-1 (2-1*) lifetime against the Tigers.
Michigan limited Memphis to 33 percent (19-of-57) shooting, including 20 percent (4-of-20) from three-point range. Thirty-three percent is the lowest a U-M opponent has shot all season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led Michigan for the third straight game with a season-high 21 points on 6-of-13 (46 percent) shooting, including a career-high 9-of-10 (90 percent) from the free throw line. Hardaway added a career-high five assists as well as seven rebounds.
Trey Burke scored 14 points on 6-of-10 (60 percent) shooting. Burke (14) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (21) were the only Wolverines to score in double figures. Burke added four assists, two rebounds and a block in the victory.
Evan Smotrycz led U-M with a career-high eight rebounds, all of them defensive. Smotrycz added seven points, an assist and a block in the win.
Ten different Wolverines scored in the victory over Memphis, their largest scoring distribution of the season. With three points, Eso Akunne registered his first points of the season.
Michigan shot 54 percent (27-of-50) from the field; 60 percent (15-of-25) in the first half and 48 percent (12-of-25) in the second half. U-M shot 30 percent (6-of-20) from three-point range; 30 percent (3-of-10) in the first half and 30 percent (3-of-10) in the second half.
Michigan won the rebounding battle 38-29. The Wolverines have outrebounded their opponent twice this season.
The Wolverines had 15 assists and turned the ball over 14 times. It was the third time this season U-M registered a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Memphis into eight turnovers, leading to five points. This was the second time this season Michigan has committed more turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Memphis in points in the paint (28-22) and fast-break points (9-8). The Tigers outscored the Wolverines in points off turnovers (16-5) and second-chance points (13-4).
The game featured three ties and four lead changes. Michigan never trailed by more than four, led by as many as 15, and never trailed after Trey Burke's layup gave the Wolverines a 33-31 lead with 1:41 remaining in the first half.
U-M wore its maize jerseys for the second time this season. The Wolverines also wore special light blue warm-ups, socks and shoes for the game.
For the third straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan. Stu Douglass has now appeared in 106 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.