Michigan Basketball: Arizona at Michigan — Game Day Thread
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#1 Arizona (10-0) at #25 Michigan (6-3)
GAME 10: Saturday, December 14, 2013 • 12:00pm Eastern Time
Tip-off: 12:07pm Eastern Time
Arena: Crisler Center • 12,707 • SOLD OUT!
Event: MAIZE OUT!
City: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Series vs. Arizona: Wildcats leads 6-2 all-time record against Arizona. In the overall series, the Wildcats have never played at Crisler Center as seven of the eight games have been played in an early season tournament or neutral site. UM won the only true campus site game with an 88-76 victory (Dec. 30, 1987) in Tucson, Ariz. UM’s only other win was a 73-71 overtime win at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Dec. 21, 1996).
Television: CBS — Jim Nantz (p-by-p) & Greg Anthony (analyst).
Radio: Detroit: WWJ (950 AM) | Ann Arbor: WTKA (1050 AM) — Matt Shepard (p-by-p) & Terry Mills (analyst).
Satellite Radio: Sirius: 92 | XM: 19
Live Stats: MGoBlue.com
About the Wildcats:
Three Wildcats are scoring in double figures, led by Nick Johnson at 15.7 points per game. Brandon Ashley (12.3 ppg) and Aaron Gordon (11.9 ppg) give Arizona three double figure scoring player. Gordon is also the leading rebounder at 8.5 boards per contest.
Arizona is ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls this week. The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 for the first time since March 10, 2003; it is also the first time a PAC-12 school is ranked No. 1 since Jan. 6, 2006 (UCLA).
The Wildcats went 27-8 last season, 12-6 in the Pac-12, and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio State.
Arizona has the second-best rebounding margin in the country, out-rebounding its opponents by 14.1 boards per game. The Wildcats also ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense (59.1) and field goal percentage defense (.368).
Saturday’s contest is Arizona’s first game in a Big Ten venue since Dec. 15, 2001, when the Wildcats played at Michigan State
After going 30-18 during John Beilein’s first three years at Crisler Center, Michigan has been 50-7 since, including a 15-1 record in 2011-12 and a 17-1 record last season. The two losses over the last two seasons have come in the regular season home finale — Purdue (L, 75-61) and Indiana (L, 72-71).
Through four games this season, Michigan is averaging 89.0 points in home games. The Wolverines have outscored their opponents by 39.2, having won by 25-or-more points in all four games.
From long range, Michigan is shooting 45.5 percent at home, while opponents are at a 24.6 clip. U-M averages 11.5 three-pointers at Crisler.
Michigan is out-rebounding its opponents by 12.8 (39.8 to 27.0)
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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