2003-04 BKM vs. Rutgers -- Postgame Notes

In Michigan's four trips to the NIT Final Four, the Maize and Blue has now walked away with three titles, but the 1997 title was vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

Michigan's Daniel Horton became the third Wolverine to be selected as the NIT Most Valuable Player. He joins Tim McCormick (1984) and Robert Traylor (1997), whose record was vacated due to NCAA sanctions, as Maize and Blue MVPs.


Robinson closed his college career with 1,505 points, good for 15th in U-M history.

The 2004 NIT all-tournament team included: Michigan's Daniel Horton and Dion Harris, Rutgers' Ricky Shields and Herve Lamizana, Oregon's Luke Jackson and Iowa State's Curtis Stinson.

Michigan now holds a 15-5 all-time record in NIT competition. This record reflects vacated games due to NCAA sanctions.

Michigan now has a five-game winning streak playing at Madison Square Garden dating back to the 1996-97 season. Including the NIT championship title over Rutgers (April 1) and the win vs. Oregon (March 30), the Wolverines defeated Fairfield (Jan. 3) earlier this season to give them their third win at MSG. Then adding the two vacated semifinal and final games in the 1997 postseason NIT gives the Wolverines five straight wins in MSG.

All 15 Michigan roster players competed in their first postseason tournament at the 2004 NIT, excluding the Big Ten Conference Tournament.

Michigan coach Tommy Amaker competed in his fourth NIT and boasts a 5-3 record. He had three trips to the NIT when he was the head coach at Seton Hall, where he never advanced past the first round. In his first trip with Michigan, he won five straight games and won his first NIT title.

Michigan finished with a 23-11 overall mark in 2003-04. The 23 wins give Michigan coach Tommy Amaker his highest win total at the helm of the Wolverine program and highest as a collegiate head coach. In addition, it marks just the second time in the career of Amaker he has surpassed 20 wins as a head coach. He had 22 wins in, ironically, his third year at Seton Hall (1999-2000). In Amaker's previous two seasons in Ann Arbor, he had records of 17-13 (2002-03) and 11-18 (2001-02).

Michigan pulled down a season-high 50 rebounds against Rutgers. The last time U-M had 50 or more rebounds in one game was on Nov. 25, 2000, against Wagner (52).

With a game-high three steals against Rutgers, Daniel Horton finished the season with 60 swipes and 101 for his career. He had at least one steal in 30 of Michigan's 33 games this season.

With the win, Michigan moves to a perfect 5-0 all-time against Rutgers.

Dion Harris matched a career high with four rebounds. He hit the mark four times this season.

With two blocks against Rutgers, Courtney Sims finished his first season at U-M with a team-leading 68 blocks. He recorded at least one swat in 30 of 33 games this season.

Senior Colin Dill closed out his career at Michigan with appearances in 24 games, eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Senior Bernard Robinson Jr. finished his U-M career 15th all-time with 120 games played, ninth in games started (104), 19th in rebounds (640), seventh in assists (364) and third in steals (169). His 1,505 career points put him in 15th place on Michigan's all-time list, and he is the 15th Wolverine to score 1,500 points.

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