Michigan improves to a perfect 6-0 with the 69-49 win over Delaware State. The last time a Wolverine team has started the season 6-0 was during the 1999-2000 season.
With Michigan's 6-0 start, it continues to add to the best start for a Wolverine program under coach Tommy Amaker. The previous best start under Amaker was the 4-0 beginning of the 2003-04 season, where the Wolverines went on to capture the 2004 Postseason NIT title.
With the 69-49 victory, Michigan improves to 3-0 all-time against Delaware State. All three victories have come at Crisler Arena and by an average of 14.3 points.
Michigan outrebounded Delware State 43-18, a difference of a season-best 25. The prior season best was when the Wolverines outrebounded Central Michigan by 16 (37-21) in the season opener.
For the second time this season, Michigan shot 60 percent from the field. Against Delaware State, the Wolverines shot exactly 60.0 percent (27-for-45) and prior to that U-M had a season-best 60.4 percent (29-for-48) against Central Michigan in the season-opener.
Michigan held Delaware State to just 26.4 percent (14-for-52) shooting from the field and 29.2 percent (7-for-24) on three-pointers.
With the 20-point win over Delaware State, Michigan has now defeated three opponents by 20-or-more points. The Wolverines defeated Central Michigan by 27 (87-60), Miami (Fla.) by 21 (74-53) and Delaware State by 20 (69-49).
Michigan has held four of its first six opponents to 60 or fewer points, with two games under 50 -- at Boston University (46) and Delaware State (49).
Michigan has used the same starting lineup in all six games this season -- Daniel Horton and Dion Harris at the guard spots, Lester Abram at the wing, Graham Brown at forward and Courtney Sims at center.
Dion Harris and Courtney Sims have played in 71-straight games for the Wolverines. Of those games, Sims has started 63 and Harris has started 47. In addition to those two juniors, Ron Coleman has played in 37 straight games for the Maize and Blue.
Courtney Sims tallied a career-high 33 points on a career-best 13 field goals on a career-best 17 field goal attempts. Sims also talled 13 rebounds to help give him his sixth career double-double. Sims' previous best was 25 point against Northwestern (March 10, 2005) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. His previous best marks from the field were 10 field goals earlier this season against Butler (Nov. 26) and 16 attempts against Colorado (Nov. 17, 2005).
The last time a Wolverine had 30-or-more points was when Daniel Horton had a career-best 31 points at Purdue (Feb. 19, 2003).
Courtney Sims has now scored in double figures in five of the first six games, with three games over 20 points and a career-high 33 points against Delaware State.
Graham Brown recorded a career-high 12 rebounds against Delaware State. Prior to that performance, he had a 11 rebounds three occasions, including two this season -- against Miami (Fla.) and Central Michigan. The third came at Indiana (Jan. 19, 2005)
Graham Brown has recorded three straight games with 10 or more rebounds. He had 11 rebounds against Miami (Fla.) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 10 at Notre Dame and then a career-high 12 against Delaware State.
With Daniel Horton's five three-point attempts, he now has 494 in his career, which moved him into second all-time at U-M. His 172 three-point field goals in third all-time as well.
Daniel Horton had a season-best nine assists. He now has 26 assists in the last four games (6.5 per game). Horton is now just a single assist away from cracking into Michigan's all-time top 10.
After 10 points against Delaware State, Lester Abram has scored in double figures in five of six games this season.