Dec. 19, 2009
Michigan changed its starting lineup, with Stu Douglass getting the start for the first time this season over Darius Morris. Laval Lucas-Perry, Manny Harris, Zack Novak and DeShawn Sims also got the start.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 5-1 all-time against Kansas. The Wolverines are also 1-21 all-time against No. 1-ranked opponents.
With his start against Kansas, Manny Harris has now started all 77 games in his U-M career, while Stu Douglass has played in all 45 in his career. Zack Gibson extended his consecutive-games played streak to 77, while DeShawn Sims has played in 107 consecutive for Michigan.
DeShawn Sims netted 19 points to lead Michigan in scoring. He has scored double-digit points in all but two games this season (Dec. 2 vs. Boston College, Nov. 27 vs. Marquette).
Manny Harris chipped in 16 points and tied a season high with four assists. He also logged a game-high 37 minutes.
DeShawn Sims held Kansas center and Preseason All-America candidate Cole Aldrich to just five points in the contest. Aldrich was averaging over 11 points per game on the season.
Stu Douglass got the start at guard for the first time this season, replacing Darius Morris. Douglass scored eight points and tied a season high in rebounds (4).
Zack Novak scored eight points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven but also dove for countless loose balls and took two charges as well.
Darius Morris scored nine points off the bench for Michigan, his highest point total since the season opener against Northern Michigan on Nov. 14.
Michigan converted 11-of-13 from the free-throw line, making it the highest free-throw conversion percentage of the season (84 percent). Over the last two games, U-M is a combined 28-of-34 from the free-throw line. Kansas went 19-of-26 from the free-throw line, making it only the third game this season in which an opponent has gotten to the free-throw line more times than Michigan (Dec. 2 vs. Boston College, Nov. 27 vs. Marquette).
Michigan collected 14 offensive rebounds, the third-highest total of the season.
Michigan has had more assists than turnovers in every game this season. Against Kansas, the Wolverines had 15 assists and 10 turnovers.
With 10 steals against Kansas, Michigan has now recorded 10 or more in four games this season. U-M had a season-best 15 against Alabama (Nov. 29), 11 at Utah (Dec. 9) and 10 against Creighton (Nov. 26).
Michigan edged Kansas in points off turnovers (16-15) and in second-chance points (11-7). Both teams had the same amount of fast-break points (11).
ESPN advertised this game as "The Green Game", with an emphasis on eco-friendly tips for preserving the environment.
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