With the 68-58 win against Utah State in the first round of the Postseason NIT, Michigan advanced to face Florida State in the second round Thursday (March 15) at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The Wolverines are 1-0 all-time against FSU in the Postseason NIT; U-M defeated the Seminoles 82-73 in the 1997* championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Michigan and Utah State met for the first time on the hardwood Tuesday (March 13).
Michigan remained undefeated at Crisler Arena in Postseason NIT play. The Wolverines are 16-0 (14-0*) all-time in games played in Ann Arbor.
Michigan is now 25-6 (20-6*) all-time in NIT games. It is the Wolverines ninth (eighth*) appearance in the postseason tournament.
Michigan improved to 18-3 overall at Crisler Arena this season. The tally ties the all-time mark for single season wins at home, equaling the 18 set during the 1985-86 season (18-1).
Michigan improved to 22-12 overall on the season. The 22 wins is now just one win away from tying U-M coach Tommy Amaker's single season best win total of 23 set during the 2003-04 season, where his Wolverines went on to capture the 2004 Postseason NIT title.
With five blocks against Utah State, Michigan set the U-M all-time record for blocked shots in season. The Wolverines now have 196 in the 2006-07 season. The old record was held by the 1992-93* Wolverines, who had 193 total.
By playing against Utah State in the first round of the Postseason NIT, Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman extended their consecutive games streaks in a Maize and Blue uniform. Sims has played in 132 straight games for the Wolverines, while Coleman has played in 98. In addition, freshman Ekpe Udoh has played in all 34 games this season.
By playing in 132 straight games for the Wolverines, Courtney Sims is now just three away from tying the U-M all-time mark for career games (135), held by Loy Vaught (1986-90).
With his 12 points against Utah State, Lester Abram tallied his 15th game this season scoring in double figures. He now has 65 total in his career.
With his 12 points against the Aggies, Lester Abram moves into 28th on Michigan's all-time scoring list. Abram now has 1,260 career points, surpassing Eric Turner (1982-84) who finished his Michigan career with 1,251.
Lester Abram brought down seven rebounds against Utah State to match a season best. He has recorded seven boards three other times this season.
With his four assists against Utah State, Dion Harris has become the eighth Wolverine in history to collect over 400 assists in a career. He now has exactly 400 in his four years.
With 10 points against Utah State, Dion Harris recorded his 22nd game reaching double figures. He now has 84 total for his career.
With his career-best 15 points against Utah State, Jerret Smith produced his fifth double-digit scoring performance of the season. His previous best career-high was 12 points against Indiana (Feb. 17). All five tallies have come this season.
With a career-best 15 points, Jerret Smith recorded his fourth double-digit performance since he entered the starting lineup and his third in the past four games.
With a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, Jerret Smith set a new career best in field goals while matching a career best in attempts.
With his career-best 14 points against Utah State, DeShawn Sims posted his third career double-digit scoring performance of his young career. His previous career-high was 13 against Army (Dec. 28). Along the way to the career-best outing, Sims recorded career-bests for field goals (6) and field goal attempts (11).
With his career-best 14 points against Utah State, DeShawn Sims reached the 100-point mark in his young career. Sims now has 111 career tallies.
With an injury to Reed Baker, David Merritt played in his third career game for the Wolverines against Utah State. He played in nine minutes and recorded one rebound and one assist.
Kendric Price played in his seventh career game against Utah State.