Dec. 22, 2011
With the win, Michigan improves to 10-2 for the season. The Wolverines are still undefeated (7-0) this season at the Crisler Center.
The Wolverines now lead the all-time series 6-1 (4-0*) versus Bradley.
Michigan has a 10-2 record for the second straight season.
U-M head coach John Beilein's son, Patrick, currently serves as the director of basketball operations for Bradley. Today marked the first time that the father-son combo appeared on opposite benches.
U-M dished out a season-high 25 assists; the previous season high was 21 in the Oakland win on Dec. 10. Michigan also assisted on 25 of its 31 made field goals.
There were eight ties and 11 lead changes in the game. Michigan took the lead for good with 14:07 remaining in the contest on a three-pointer from sophomore Evan Smotrycz, giving U-M a 48-45 advantage.
U-M had a season-low six turnovers. The previous season low was nine in the Maui Invitational semifinal against Duke on Nov. 22.
U-M held Bradley to just one offensive rebound in the second half. The Wolverines also had a 21-10 rebounding advantage in the second half.
Michigan shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the field in second half, outscoring the Braves 44-33. The Wolverines went 45.6 percent (31-of-68) from the floor in the game and were 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from three-point range.
Michigan had five players score in double figures in the Bradley win (Evan Smotrycz 20, Tim Hardaway, Jr. 16, Jordan Morgan 15, Trey Burke 12, Zack Novak 10). The last time U-M had five players score in double figures was in the 2011 NCAA Tournament third-round game against Duke on March 20, 2011 (Darius Morris 16, Hardaway 15, Smotrycz 13, Novak 12, Morgan 10).
Michigan enjoyed a 39-36 rebounding advantage. It is the eighth time this season, and the fourth game in a row, that the Wolverines have outrebounded their opponent.
Evan Smotrycz enjoyed his second straight double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds). Smotrycz had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Alabama A&M on Dec. 17.
Smotrycz set a career high with five three-pointers in the Bradley win. He broke his previous career high of four set in the Oakland win in December.
Smotrycz tied his career high in points with 20. He also had 20 points in the Oakland win in December.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points in the Bradley win. He now has scored in double figures in 10 of the 12 games this season.
Hardaway tied a career high with five assists. Hardaway now has had five assists in a game three times in his career, including against Memphis in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21.
Jordan Morgan had 15 points for the Maize and Blue, marking the fourth time this season he has scored in double figures.
Zack Novak earned his 100th career start in today's game, becoming the 18th Wolverine in program history to reach the milestone.
Trey Burke had eight assists, one off a career high as he had nine helpers twice in games -- against Duke and Oakland.
Burke scored in double figures for the 10th time this season (12 points).
Stu Douglass had a season-high six assists. His previous season high was four on two occasions, most recently against Towson on Nov. 14. His career high is seven against Houston Baptist on Nov. 20, 2009.
For the third time this season, Michigan was tied going into the halftime locker room. Michigan is 3-0 with the game tied at the half as the Wolverines also defeated Western Illinois, 59-55 (28-28 at half), and Oakland, 90-80 (32-32 at half).
The Wolverines are now 4-2 when wearing maize.
For the 11th 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 114 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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