A Pair in the Post
Senior Chris Young and junior LaVell Blanchard combined to score 29 of Michigan's 44 total points against the Spartans, accounting for nearly 66 percent of the team's offense. Blanchard led Michigan with 16 points, 11 coming in the second half, while Young chipped in 13.
LaVell Blanchard, playing in a season-best 37 minutes, scored a team-high 16 points. It is the team-leading sixth time this season and 35th time in his career that Blanchard has led the team in scoring. Blanchard finished the game just two rebounds short of a double-double as he pulled down a team-high eight boards.
Michigan was able to gain advantage on the offensive glass against Michigan State, grabbing 13 offensive boards to the Spartans' 12. The Wolverines were led by LaVell Blanchard's five offensive rebounds, and Leon Jones added four boards off the offensive glass.
All the Small Things
Leon Jones, playing in his 102nd career game, grabbed all four of his rebounds off the offensive boards, giving his team a second chance. Jones also contributed on the offensive end by dishing out a team-high three assists, he and led the defensive effort with two steals.
Forcing the Turnover
The Wolverines forced the Spartans into a game-high 14 turnovers, 10 coming in the second half as Michigan attempted to battle back.
Chris Young, with 13 points, turned in his ninth performance this season where he had scored in double digits. Young came out of halftime as Michigan's "go to" weapon, scoring the Wolverines' first six points of the second frame.
Now Behind the 8-Ball
The Wolverines have lost eight consecutive games at the hands of instate rival Michigan State dating back to the 1997-98 season when the two teams split the season series. Even though the Spartans have won eight in row, the Maize and Blue still holds a 88-63 all-time advantage.