With the 49-40 win over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan snapped a two-game losing streak at the conference tournament.
The win allows Michigan to advance to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since the 2004 tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. The Wolverines had a first-round bye and defeated Iowa 79-70 in the second round, before falling to No. 1 seed Illinois 74-60 in the semifinal
With the win over Minnesota, Michigan went 3-0 against the Gophers during the 2006-07 season. Michigan won 82-80 at Crisler Arena on Feb. 10, and followed with a 62-51 win at Williams Arena Feb. 24.
Michigan advances to face No. 1 seed Ohio State. The game will mark the third for the Wolverines against the Buckeyes this season. The Maize and Blue are 0-2 against OSU after two strong contests -- a 76-63 loss in Columbus and a 65-61 loss in Ann Arbor.
Michigan is now 7-8 (3-7*) all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines are 5-5 (1-4*) at the United Center during the conference tournament.
Michigan now has 21 wins total on the season. The record is closing in on U-M head coach Tommy Amaker's career-best total of 23 victories, which was set in the 2003-04 season when he finished 23-11 and won the 2004 NIT title.
Despite a season-low 27.1 percent shooting from the field and a season-low 13 field goals against Minnesota, Michigan was able to come away with a 49-40 win.
Michigan's 49 points was the lowest winning total in Big Ten Tournament history. It was also the first time in tournament history that a winning team has scored less than 50 points in a victory.
Michigan held Minnesota to 40 points, which tied a season-low for the Gophers for points in a game. Minnesota also had 40 points in a 55-40 loss to Northwestern on Jan. 20. The Gophers 40 points was the lowest point total in Big Ten Tournament history.
With Michigan and Minnesota combining for 89 total points, it is the lowest cumulative score in the history of Big Ten Tournament. The previous low was 92 points, which occured when No. 6 Wisconsin defeated No. 11 Wisconsin 51-41 in 2000.
Michigan set a season-best with 45 total rebounds against Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. It is the sixth time this season Michigan has posted 40-or-more rebounds in a game. The previous best was 44 against UMBC on Nov. 25 and Eastern Michigan on Nov. 12.
By playing against Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman extended their consecutive games streaks in a Maize and Blue uniform. Sims has played in 130 straight games for the Wolverines, while Coleman has played in 96.
With his team-high 14 points, Dion Harris has 22 games scoring in double figures this season, including 14 of his last 18 games.
After going 1-for-1 from the free throw line, Lester Abram has yet to miss a free throw in Big Ten Tournament play. In four career games, he is 14-for-14.
With 10 rebounds against Minnesota, Courtney Sims recorded his seventh double-digit rebound performance of the season. With that total, Sims also became just the 14th Wolverine to surpass 700-career rebounds; he now has 708 total boards in four years.
With three blocks against Minnesota, Brent Petway posted his first 50-plus single season total for blocks. He now has 51 total on the season. He is fifth all-time with 145 in his career.