Maize & Blue Matches Program-Best Start with Win over Nebraska
Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lift the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 2 AP, No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) over Nebraska, 62-47, Wednesday night (Jan. 9) inside Crisler Center. With the victory, U-M matched a program-best start to a season at 16-0.
Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a team-high 18 points, while freshman guards Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively. Senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) also contributed in double digits on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds.
After going 3-for-9 (33 percent) from the field, Michigan trailed 8-7 at the 13:48 mark of the first half. The Wolverines then made their next three attempts before regaining the lead (13-12) for good off a basket by Robinson.
With 8:37 on the clock, U-M pushed its advantage to 18-12 following a triple by Burke but then went without a basket for three minutes, until Stauskas scored on an old-fashioned three-point play. Nebraska scored five straight points to cut its deficit to one (21-20) with four minutes to play in the half, but Michigan made the last two baskets before the break and entered the locker room leading, 25-20.
A three-pointer by Stauskas started an 8-2 run for the Wolverines to extend their advantage to 39-30 five minutes into the half. The Cornhuskers then twice cut U-M's lead to six, but Robinson grabbed a steal at the 7:45 mark and finished with a one-handed dunk on the other end to give Michigan the eight-point lead (47-39).
Nebraska scored a three-point field goal on its next possession, but Robinson picked up an offensive rebound and threw down the put-back to give him two slams in less than a minute of play. U-M scored the next six points of the game to gain its first double-digit lead -- 55-44 with 3:48 left in the game -- eventually building it to 15 before time expired.
U-M shot a season-low 39 percent (21-of-54) from the floor and 18 percent (3-of-17) from behind the arc in the game but also held Nebraska to 19-of-56 (34 percent) from the floor. However, Nebraska's 18 personal fouls allowed Michigan to go 17-of-26 (65 percent) from the free throw line compared to only 3-of-7 (43 percent) for the Huskers. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Cornhuskers, 47-30, and scored 19 points off 16 offensive rebounds.
The Wolverines will return to the floor when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday (Jan. 13) to face Ohio State (No. 15 AP/No. 14 Coaches). Tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS.