Double-Double for Junior
Bernard Robinson Jr. recorded his first career point-rebound double-double against Minnesota. He scored 12 points in the game, including the game-winning bucket. His 10 rebounds set a career high in that category and his six assists tied a career high. His previous rebounding high was nine on 1/9/01 against Indiana. The last time he recorded six assists was on 1/5/02 vs. Purdue.
Freshman Chuck Bailey earned his first career start against Minnesota (Jan. 19). He scored Michigan's first two points of the game and finished with a career-high-tying one assist and one block, in addition to four points, three rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes of play.
L.B. for Three
LaVell Blanchard connected on a three-point bucket for the sixth straight contest and finished 3-for-5 from behind the arc in scoring 20 points against Minnesota. This marks Blanchard's 19th career game with 20 or more points. He added three boards and with two blocks on the afternoon reached 30 in his career.
Jones Grabs 200
With a defensive board against Minnesota at 13:47, Leon Jones recorded his 200th career rebound and 30th rebound of the season. In 17 minutes of action, Jones grabbed one more rebound, giving him two in the game.
Robbing the Rodents
Michigan totaled 15 steals against the Gophers in their first matchup (Jan. 9) and had another eight on Saturday (Jan. 19). The Wolverines have 23 steals against the Gophers this season and 67 against their other 13 opponents, averaged 11.5 steals per game against Minnesota and only 5.2 against all other teams.
Shooting for Three (Free Throws)
For the second straight game, Gavin Groninger was fouled while attempting a three-pointer and sent to the line. He has converted on 5-of-6 free throws in those situations. Groninger finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes despite battling flu-like symptoms.
With his first of two successful free throws at 18:33, Chuck Bailey gave Michigan its first lead in 95:58 minutes. With consecutive losses to Northwestern (Jan. 16) and No. 9/10 Illinois (Jan. 12), the Wolverines were unable to take a lead. Michigan's last lead came late in the second half against Minnesota (Jan. 9) before the Gophers went on to win 92-80.
Chris Young recorded a team-high two blocks against Minnesota. He has had two or more blocked shots on six occasions thus far this season. Young recorded the same feat in the Wolverines' last game, against Northwestern (Jan. 16). The Maize and Blue managed a season-high six blocked shots against the Gophers, led by Young and LaVell Blanchard, who also had two blocks. Michigan's previous high was four blocks against Purdue (Jan. 5) and Northwestern (Jan. 16).
Growing Up, Breaking Records
Chris Young reached numerous plateaus against the Golden Gophers. With his two blocked shots he has now recorded 20 blocks this season and has 40 in his Big Ten career. Additionally, he added his 25th career Big Ten steal and his 80th rebound of the season. Young has also had 30 rebounds in Big Ten play thus far this season. Young finished the game with 18 points, four boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal in a game-high 37 minutes.
The Amaker Strikes Back
Saturday's matchup against the Golden Gophers was coach Tommy Amaker's first rematch in his Michigan career. The Wolverines had lost the previous game against Minnesota, 92-80, in Minneapolis (Jan. 9). However, in the second meeting between the two teams on Saturday, Michigan managed a 71-69 victory against the Golden Gophers.
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