With the 66-51 setback, Michigan has lost its last 12 games at Assembly Hall. The home team has won each of the last eight games in the series. The Wolverines fall to 71-82 all-time against the Illini and 23-54 all-time against Illinois on the road.
With the loss, Michigan suffered its first Big Ten road loss of the season. The Wolverines are 3-2 in conference play this season.
Michigan's 51 points are a season low, surpassing the 55 the Wolverines had in a win over No. 4 UCLA on Nov. 20 in the semifinal of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Manny Harris posted his 15th double-figure scoring game of the season with his 20-point night on 7-of-13 shooting. It is also his seventh 20-plus point game of the season. He leads the Wolverines, scoring 18.7 points per game.
With his nine rebounds, Zack Novak set a new career best for rebounds in a game. He topped the eight he had against Wisconsin (Dec. 31). He is averaging 3.1 boards per game in his first season.
In Zack Novak's first nine games of this season, he grabbed 19 total rebounds at the off guard spot, averaging 2.1 per game. Since Laval Lucas-Perry became eligible, Novak has moved to the post and has grabbed 34 rebounds in his last eight games, an average of 4.2 per contest.
With only seven points, DeShawn Sims snapped his consecutive double-figure scoring game streak at 16. Sims also only registered one rebound, which snapped his streak of collecting at least four rebounds in each game this season. However, Sims did tie a career best with three blocked shots, equaling the three swats he had at Harvard last season on Dec. 1, 2007.
Manny Harris has started all 49 games in his Michigan career. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady started his third straight contest, giving him his 49th straight game played for the Wolverines. Grady now has 28 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "They have guys that can pass it, can shoot it, they play defense. That is a really good team. We shot the ball well in the first half, but if you don't make guarded shots against them, with their length, their experience and their defense, it's tough to win. We missed some open shots and if you get open shots you have to knock them down, and the guarded shot is tough to make."
On the play of Illinois' Mike Tisdale... "He's hard for us (to play). We're playing small, we're not real big in the center and he's just tough to stop. I knew that he could shoot from the outside, just from watching him shoot from 15 feet. I didn't know he was going to do a Pittsnogle on us; I just didn't know it. But if he can do that, that is going to be tough to stop."
On the differences between tonight and the meeting in Ann Arbor... "It's really hard to win on the road. It is a great environment here. They play well wherever they are; we are still trying to play well at home. I thought their defense was even better tonight, and I have always thought that they play great defense."
On Illinois' second-half run... "I thought that we had a couple of open shots and we missed those open shots, but they are good, they are patient, they wait for a good shot. They have a lot of multidimensional players and they have a ton of experience. (Demetri) McCamey plays like he is a fifth-year guy, rather than a sophomore. He made some great decisions out there."
U-M Sophomore Guard Manny Harris
On the difference between this and the first meeting with Illinois... "I can't really tell the difference right now without watching the film, but they played hard for the whole 40 minutes and that is how they got the win."
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