May 10, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was selected as the recipient of the April BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award, it was announced today (Friday, May 10). U-M head coach John Beilein will be recognized for his team's accomplishments at the Michigan baseball game tonight vs. Purdue at 6:05 p.m.
BASF, the Chemical Company, is now proud to be a partner of University of Michigan Athletics. As a result of this new partnership, BASF will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports each month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.
The Wolverines returned to the pinnacle of college basketball this season as U-M reached the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. Michigan defeated Syracuse in the national semifinal before falling to Louisville in the national title game. The Wolverines finished the season with a 31-8 mark, tying a U-M single-season wins record, and a 12-6 mark in Big Ten play.
The Wolverines were ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press poll for the entire season, reaching the No. 1 ranking on Jan. 28. U-M earned four victories over top-10 opponents, won the NIT Season Tip-Off and finished the season with a 17-1 home record. Michigan led the country in both assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54) and fewest turnovers per game (9.4), while also ranking in the top 10 in fewest fouls per game (second, 12.7) and field goal percentage (seventh, 48.4 percent).
Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) was named the consensus National Player of the Year as well as a consensus All-American. Burke became the first U-M player to earn the Naismith, John R. Wooden, NABC National Player of the Year Awards, and the second to win the Associated Press and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Awards, joining Cazzie Russell. Burke was also honored with the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.
In addition, junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior), earned All-Big Ten first team honors, freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) claimed All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades and redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
Tickets for Friday's baseball game are available at MGoBlue.com/tickets.
Contacts: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423