Michigan Basketball: Michigan at Minnesota — Game Notes
• Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014
• Tip Off: 6:01 p.m. CT / 7:01 p.m. ET
• Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
• Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
• TV Broadcast: BTN
• TV Crew: Eric Collins (p-by-p) & Jim Jackson (analyst)
• U-M Radio: Detroit: WWJ (950 AM) | Ann Arbor: WWWW (102.9 FM)
• U-M Radio Crew: Matt Shepard (p-by-p) & Terry Mills (analyst)
• Satellite Radio: Sirius: 92 | XM: 190 | Note: Minnesota broadcast
INSIDE THE GAME
• Michigan Coach: John Beilein | 130-89 (seventh season) | 681-407 (36th season)
• Minnesota Coach: Richard Pitino | 29-16 (second season) | 11-2 (first season)
• Series History: Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings this season between Michigan and Minnesota. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 86-65 and have won their last four games against the Gophers as well as eight of the last nine in the series. In fact, U-M has won its last four games at Williams Arena and are 31-44 all-time at Minnesota.
• Minnesota enters Big Ten play with an 11-2 record. The Gophers only two losses came in the Maui Invitational where they fell to Syracuse and Arkansas before finishing the tournament with a victory over host Chaminade.
• Minnesota is 9-0 at Williams Arena this season. Going back to last season,
Minnesota has won 12-straight home games, with its last loss coming to Illinois, 57-53, on Feb. 10, 2013.
• Three players are scoring in double figures for Minnesota, led by 16.2 points per game for Andre Hollins. Austin Hollins (13.5) and DeAndre Mathieu (11.9) are also scoring in double figures for the Golden Gophers.
• Minnesota is the top free throw shooting team in the Big Ten, shooting 76.0 percent as a team from the charity stripe. The Golden Gophers also lead the conference in steals with 8.8 takeaways per contest.
• Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino is the son of Louisville’s Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino. The younger Pitino spent one season as the head coach at Florida International before taking over at Minnesota. MAIZE & BLUE THINGS TO KNOW
• Michigan is 54-43 all-time in Big Ten openers.
• Michigan opens its 18-game Big Ten slate at Minnesota and plays three of its first five conference games on the road.
• Michigan’s four conference single games include home games with Northwestern (Jan. 5) and Penn State (Jan. 14) with road games at Ohio State (Feb. 11) and Illinois (March 4).
• U-M head coach John Beilein and Mitch McGary announced the sophomore forward is out indefinitely after he elected to have surgery (lower back). McGary and his team of physicians are still working out the schedule for the impending surgery.
• Glenn Robinson III scored a career-best 23 points in his last outing against Holy Cross (Dec. 28). Over his last four games he is averaging 19.3 points and shooting 66.7 percent from the field (28-for-42) and 46.7 percent from long range (7-for-15).
• Known for his long range shooting, Nik Stauskas has had an even balance of scoring this season. He is 27-for-54 on two point field goals (50.0 percent) — mainly driving to the basket — and 29-for-61 from long range (47.5 percent). He has scored exactly 200 points with 54 coming from the field, 87 from long range and 59 from the free throw line.
• With Mitch McGary out of the line-up, Jordan Morgan started his second game of the season and has 97 starts in his career. U-M will platoon Morgan, Jon Horford and Max Bielfeldt in the post. Mark Donnal is still redshirting the season at this poin
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