With the win over Iowa, Michigan is 9-10 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. The Wolverines improve to 5-4 in first round and remain undefeated against Iowa with a perfect 4-0 record. U-M is 84-57 all-time against the Hawkeyes and 4-0 in neutral-site games
For the second straight Big Ten Tournament, Michigan and Iowa met in the first round -- both of which led to U-M victories. The Wolverines won 73-45 today and 55-47 last season.
Michigan reset its record for largest margin of victory at the Big Ten Tournament with the 28-point win. It tops the 21-point win over Northwestern, 72-51, in the 2002 event held in Indianapolis.
Michigan 59.2 percent (29-of-49) today, which is a new record at the Big Ten Tournament for the Wolverines. It betters the 53.8 percent (28-of-52) U-M had against Minnesota on March 7, 1998. Overall, today's percentage is the second best in a game this season. U-M shot a season-best 63.0 percent (29-of-46) against Purdue on Feb. 26 at home.
Michigan set the U-M Big Ten record for team steals in a game with nine. DeShawn Sims led the way with a career-best-tying three. The old mark was eight, which was accomplished on two different occasions -- Northwestern (March 7, 2002) and Purdue (March 4, 1999*).
Michigan finished 5-of-5 from the free-throw line, which is a U-M season low for free throws made in a contest. The prior low was a 4-of-6 performance vs. UCLA on Nov. 20 in the semifinal of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Michigan held Iowa to just 19 first-half points, which is the third lowest opponent U-M has allowed all season. U-M's opponent season low is 16 points, which was also against the Hawkeyes -- at Crisler Arena on Jan. 11. The Wolverines also held Florida Gulf Coast to 18 points at Crisler Arena on Dec. 22. Overall, it is the 10th game this season U-M has held an opponent to 25 or fewer points in a first half.
Michigan finished the game with 22 assists on 29 field goals. Seven different Wolverines helped distribute the ball with Manny Harris leading the way with eight, and C.J. Lee tying his career best with five.
Michigan closed the game with 10 three-point field goals, marking the 11th time this season the Wolverines have had 10 or more long-range buckets in a game.
With his 27-point effort against Iowa, DeShawn Sims set U-M's record for most points in a Big Ten Tournament game, topping the 26-point efforts by LaVell Blanchard (2000-03) vs. Northwestern (March 7, 2002) and Louis Bullock* (1996-99) vs. Purdue (March 4, 1999). Sims closed the game 12-of-16 from the field, 1-of-2 from long range and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
With his 27 points, DeShawn Sims claimed his 28th double-figure scoring game and seventh 20-plus point game of 2008-09, helping him become the 44th member of the U-M 1,000-point club and the 23rd U-M junior to accomplish the feat. Sims is the second Wolverines this season to eclipse the mark, as Manny Harris has 1,063 in two seasons at U-M.
DeShawn Sims scored 18 points in the first half, going 8-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He scored the first 14 points for the Wolverines.
Manny Harris' 18 points give him the 24th game scoring in double figures this season. He closed the game 7-of-11 from the field, with a 3-of-5 performance from long range. He almost posted a triple-double as he grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists in the ball game.
Manny Harris has started all 64 games in his Michigan career. He is the only Wolverine on the roster that has started and played in every game of his career. Stu Douglass is the only other Wolverine to have not missed a game, playing in 32 straight contests, with 20 starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "I've sensed for the last month that we have been trying to find a rhythm and get into a rhythm where people feel comfortable with each other and with timing. Even though it resulted in a couple of losses, I felt like we have been playing pretty well, but I didn't expect us to play this well. First game, we have three freshmen out there and we played a tremendous game. DeShawn (Sims) scored his 1,000th (career point). We went to him a lot early and he delivered, then he became a passer and found others. It was a team effort all the way."
On Manny Harris' play today... "Down the stretch his ability to shoot the three -- the stats don't always tell you how effective a three-point shooter he can be. We are just trying to get him to understand when he is open, when he can shoot it. It made a big difference when (Iowa) was collapsing around DeShawn (Sims). His 18 points were just textbook of how you want to execute your offense to get a player open."
On the team defense today... "I think there were two big defensive stands. I thought Manny Harris did a great job on (Matt) Gatens and then C.J. (Lee) on (Jake) Kelly. Kelly had 11 assists in a game recently, maybe it was our (last) game (against Iowa) when he had 11 assists. He only had two (assists) today and five turnovers. C.J. has done a great job defensively for this team, and David (Merritt) as well. Manny's job on Gatens was pretty good. Gatens can play, he's not just a shooter, he can take it to the basket, and Manny did a wonderful job on him."
On finding inside-outside offensive balance... "Iowa has a very good defense, but Illinois has an even better defense; they really guard you. We have strived for balance, all year long, and throughout my coaching career. Sometimes you just can't do it. This year we have been able to have a good balance as the season as gone on. That has been a key to our success in February and March."
U-M Junior Forward DeShawn Sims
On his mindset today... "The last four or five games I've been in the mindset where my teammates, my coaches and even my family have been just keeping me confident, telling me things that I need to do for the team to be successful. I'm just trying to execute and play to the best of my ability. Whatever it has taken to amp me up, I have done it."
On how Iowa tried to defend him... "They have two physical bigs and they tried to get into my body and be strong with me. I had a good feel for when they were trying to put pressure on me. I was able to spin off and find open seems."
U-M Sophomore Guard Manny Harris
On the play of DeShawn Sims ... "He has been playing great the whole year. He can score, you feel like when you give it to him he is going to score and sometimes you don't even go rebound. Our team builds off of that, him scoring and him getting into it, we build off of that."