Postgame Notes: #18 Michigan 71, Penn State 53

Dec. 29, 2011

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• With the 71-53 win over Penn State, Michigan is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season at 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are still undefeated (8-0) at the Crisler Center this season.

• Today's game was U-M's last in 2011 -- Michigan went a perfect 6-0 in the month of the December.

• Michigan recorded a win in its Big Ten opener for the first time since the 2006-07 season when the Wolverines beat Illinois, 71-61, at home on Jan. 3, 2007.

• Thursday's matchup was the 37th meeting between Michigan and Penn State. The Wolverines now lead the all-time series 26-11 (20-8*).

• Michigan shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field in the win -- 43.8 percent (14-of-32) in the first half and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) in the second.

• U-M shot a season-high 86.7 percent (13-for-15) from the free throw line. The last time the Wolverines recorded a better percentage from the charity stripe was against Duke in the 2011 NCAA Tournament (90.9 percent, 10-for-11).

• U-M forced 13 Penn State turnovers, which led to 16 points. The Wolverines held a 16-3 advantage in points off turnovers. Michigan is 5-1 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Michigan led 36-22 at halftime. The Maize and Blue is 8-0 this season when leading at the break.

• Michigan held Penn State to just 53 points. The Wolverines are 4-0 this season when holding their opponent to less than 60 points.

• Michigan had three players score in double figures: Tim Hardaway Jr. (26), Trey Burke (13) and Evan Smotrycz (10). U-M has had at least three players in double digits in all but one game this season (vs. Memphis, Nov. 21).

Tim Hardaway Jr. netted a season-high 26 points to lead the Wolverines. His 11 made baskets (11-for-18) are a career high. He has scored in double digits 11 times this season, reaching the 20-point mark on four occasions.

Trey Burke recorded his 11th double-digit scoring effort with 13 points. He converted a career-high 7-of-7 free throws and added seven assists and five rebounds without committing a turnover in 36 minutes played.

Evan Smotrycz tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds to record his third consecutive double-double. He added two assists and two steals.

• There were two lead changes and the game was never tied. Michigan took the lead for good at the 16:02 mark of the first half, 6-5, on a Trey Burke layup.

• U-M wore its white jerseys for the sixth time this season. The Wolverines are now 6-0 when wearing white.

• For the 10th 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 115 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.

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