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Michigan Basketball: Minnesota at Michigan -- Game Notes

GBMWolverine Basketball TidbitsPosted at 6:00am — 3/1/2014

Michigan Basketball: Minnesota at Michigan — Game Notes

Minnesota (18-11; 7-9 Big Ten) at Michigan (20-7; 12-3 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Tip: 6:06 p.m.
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Arena: Crisler Center (12,707) — SOLD OUT
TV Broadcast: BTN — DirecTV Channel 610
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: 85 | XM: 85 | Note: Michigan Home Radio broadcast

1...GBMWolverine...M...AvatarInside The Game:
Michigan Coach: John Beilein | 142-92 (seventh season) | 693-410 (36th season)
Minnesota Coach: Richard Pitino | 18-11 (first season) | 36-25 (second season)

Series History:
Tonight’s game is second meeting this season. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 87-65 and have won their last five games against the Gophers as well as nine of the last 10 in the series. U-M is 52-20 all-time in games played in Ann Arbor.

About the Opponent
Minnesota comes to Ann Arbor following a 95-89 victory over No. 20 Iowa at Williams Arena. The Gophers were led by Austin Hollins’ career-best 27 points, while DeAndre Mathieu had 19. Andre Hollins leads the Gophers with 14.8 points per game. He and Malik Smith (9.0 ppg) have knocked down 55 and 54 three-pointers, respectively. Gopher 5-9 guard DeAndre Mathieu is shooting 50.2 percent on the season and is averaging 11.9 points, which is second on the team, He also leads the team with 125 assists (4.3 apg). Elliott Eliason averages a Minnesota best 7.1 rebounds a game to go along with his 5.7 points per game. He has 63 blocks (2.2 bpg) on the season. Minnesota is 2-5 on the road this season with victories at Penn State and at Northwestern.

Earlier This Season
Zak Irvin hit five three-pointers, and Jon Horford had seven points in the last 5:19 of the game as Michigan opened Big Ten play with a 63-60 win at Minnesota inside Williams Arena. U-M’s first road win of the season helped the Wolverines claim their fifth straight victory in Williams Arena dating back to the 2008-09 season. Providing a spark off the bench, Zak Irvin closed with 15 points after going was 5-for-8 from three-point range. Jon Horford posted a career-best 14 on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor. He added a team-best nine rebounds and two steals. Nik Stauskas had 14 points, as he was 7-of-8 from the free throw line, while adding seven assists. Glenn Robinson III had six points and a game-high four blocks before missing the final 17:24 of the game after rolling his ankle.

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Tonight’s game will be a highlighted by a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michigan’s 1989 national championship team, who will be honored during the first half. Michigan holds a full game lead over Michigan State atop the Big Ten standings. The Wolverines have been among the contenders for the conference crown in each of the last three seasons, sharing the title in 2012 — the program’s first in 26 years. Michigan is 43-4 over the last three seasons at Crisler Center. Michigan has maintained its offensive production, shooting Big Ten-bests for field goal percentage (47.7 percent), three-point percentage (38.9 percent) and free throw percentage (75.7 percent).

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