Michigan celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1989 NCAA Championship team, which had a magical run in the NCAA Tournament, capturing the national title with an overtime win against Seton Hall. Michigan knocked off Illinois in the national semifinal, 83-81, after losing both of its previous meetings with the Illini that season during Big Ten play. The Wolverines completed their national championship run with an 80-79 overtime victory over Seton Hall after Rumeal Robinson made both ends of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity to seal the game with three second remaining.
Tonight was the second sellout of the season at Crisler Arena. Earlier this season, U-M packed the house for an upset win over No. 4 Duke on Dec. 6. In addition, the Wolverines have already sold out its game against Michigan State on Feb. 10.
Michigan has now played three games in a six-day span. With the Penn State game coming up on Tuesday, U-M will have played four Big Ten games in a nine-day span.
For the first time this season, Michigan has lost back-to-back games. U-M falls to 10-2 at Crisler Arena this season.
Michigan posted 10 three-point buckets for the seventh time this season. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten with 8.9 triples per game.
Manny Harris posted his 16th double-figure scoring game of the season with his 21-point effort. Overall, it was his eighth 20-plus point game of the season. He leads the Wolverines in scoring at 18.8 points per game.
Stu Douglass tied a career best with 12 points on four long-range buckets. It marked the third time he hit the career-best mark and the fourth double-figure scoring game of the season.
After not scoring in double figures for the first time this season at Illinois (Jan. 14), DeShawn Sims got back on track with 10 points tonight. He has now hit in double figures in 17 games this season and is averaging a career-best 15.6 points per game.
Manny Harris has started all 50 games in his Michigan career. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady started his fourth straight contest, giving him 50 straight in games played for the Wolverines. Grady now has 28 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the end of the game... "We had a lead there, 44-40, with eight minutes to go in the game. We just had to know that they were going to score easy points because of their size. (B.J.) Mullens is hard to guard around the basket. They had a great game plan, but we had a lot of tough breaks at different times during that game and we were going to have to play a pretty perfect game to beat them. They have great talent and they worked harder than us tonight."
On dealing with Ohio State's defense... "It is something very different. It is the first time we have seen it all year. We will probably only see it one more time this year. They are very aggressive in the way they play it and we had a couple really strange turnovers that they did not force. We had 12 turnovers and if we only had eight we might have won the game."
On the loss... "I just wish we played better. We had some opportunities to win the game and we just missed them. But we are still young, we are learning and we have to improve. We have to keep improving to play teams like that. They are setting the table right now in that they have enough quality wins outside the conference that if they win in this conference they will be another NCAA tournament team. We have to go beat those guys on our home court."
U-M Freshman Guard Stu Douglass
On the Ohio State run at the end of the game... "We tied the game, but they got a lot easy baskets. We didn't defend. We have to just get down and grit our teeth on defense. It seemed we came down and B.J. (Mullens) would just dunk it in our face."
On dealing with Ohio State's size... "We learned how to deal with that, but (William) Buford came down in the first possession and hit a shot on Manny and I wasn't really expecting that because people don't usually do that, and that was basically their two guard. We had to work through it and I think we did a pretty good job, but I could definitely feel it. We need to do fundamental things; boxing out, switching properly, help-side defense, every fundamental thing that we didn't do."
U-M Fifth-year Senior Guard C.J. Lee
On moving on from the loss... "It is just putting our work in at practice. We are obviously going to take some things away from this film so we play them better next time we play them. Obviously they are a good team; they have beaten some good teams and its disappointing losing on our home floor to them. We have a quick turnaround with Penn State, who plays a totally different style. The zone created very few opportunities to score the ball today and the few opportunities we did have we didn't take advantage of."
On the defensive struggles late in the game... "There were some breakdowns defensively; a couple loose balls we didn't grab, and those are momentum changers. Guys didn't stop, which I am happy about, but you have to play hard and you have to execute at the same time. We didn't match those two up as much as we needed to in order to win today. It is disappointing in that sense, but we are right back to it."
On the team's attitude... "I don't worry about the attitude of the team. Guys have been solid; they have been solid all year. We have dealt with adversity in this program for a long time. I am not worried at all; guys are going to bounce back like they always do."