With tonight's 69-60 win over Colorado, the Wolverines have won their last seven straight NIT games. In fact, U-M is on a seven-game winning streak dating back to last year.
Michigan is a perfect 5-0 at Crisler Arena in Preseason NIT contests. The Wolverines are also a perfect 17-0 all-time in NIT games played at Crisler Arena.
Petway put down three dunks on the way to nine points.
If Michigan goes on to win the preseason NIT, U-M will be the first team in NIT history to win the postseason NIT and then win the preseason NIT the following season.
Michigan's 14 steals against Colorado set a new preseason NIT record for the Wolverines. The 2004-05 squad broke U-M's record of 11 set against Bradley in 1986.
Six different Wolverines contributed to Michigan's 14 steals against Colorado. It was the first time U-M had more than 10 steals since the Maize and Blue had 11 in the NIT semifinal against Oregon (3/30/04).
After going 15-of-18 from the free throw line against Colorado, the Maize and Blue are 36-of-41 from the charity stripe this season for a .878 percentage.
Michigan's 16 assists in tonight's contest marked the first time the Wolverines dished off 10 or more assists since the NIT championship game against Rutgers (4/1/04).
Graham Brown has not missed a single game in his Michigan career. The junior has played in 66 straight games with 55 career starts.
Lester Abram's 12 points boosted him to a 744 career-point total for the Maize and Blue. He is now 256 points away from becoming the 39th Wolverine to score over 1,000 career points.
In 66 career games, Daniel Horton has 897 career points, and is just 103 points away from becoming the 39th Wolverine to score over 1,000 career points. He scored 457 in his freshman campaign and 415 as a sophomore.
Horton recorded five steals against Colorado for a career best. He bettered his previous mark of four, which he recorded at Michigan State (1/17/04).
Horton's five steals in the second round of the preseason NIT tied a Michigan preseason record in steals. The junior point guard tied Gary Grant (1984-88) who set the mark of five against Bradley in 1986.
Horton has not missed a single game in his U-M career. He has played in 66 straight contests for the Wolverines; starting 64 career games with 31 Big Ten starts.
With his one three-point basket in tonight's contest, Horton needs just three triples for 150 for his career.
Horton's six assists in tonight's game gave him 266 career assists. He is just 17 away from cracking Michigan's top 12 all-time.
Dion Harris came away with 24 points for a new career best. Harris went 7-for-12 from the field with three triples and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. His previous game high was 23 set against Iowa (3/12/04) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Harris grabbed five steals in tonight's contest, giving him a new top mark for his career. Harris' previous best was three, which he recorded on four different occasions.
Harris has played in 36 consecutive games for the Wolverines with 13 starts.
Courtney Sims' five blocks in tonight's contest sets a Michigan preseason NIT record for blocks in one game. Sims broke Brent Petway's record of four blocks, which he set against Binghamton in the first round of the preseason NIT (Nov. 15). The pair of sophomores each topped Robert Traylor's (1996-98) previous record of three, set against Arizona and Weber State in 1995.
With 10 points and 10 assists, Sims recorded his third career double-double.
Sims has played in 36 consecutive games for the Wolverines and has started every game of his young career.
Sims five blocks in tonight's contest give him 75 career swats. He is already 11th all-time on U-M's all-time block list and has recorded at least one block in 31 of 36 games.
Brent Petway came away with four field goals in tonight's contest with three coming in the form of a dunk. In his career, Petway is 60-for-93 from the field with 37 of them coming on dunks.
Petway's two assists against Colorado tied a career high for the sophomore forward. The last time Petway reached two assists was against Oakland (11/21/03).
Ron Coleman recorded his first collegiate rebound in tonight's contest against Colorado. He finished the game with a career-best three.
Today's attendance was 9,384 tickets sold.
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