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Nebraska ends Michigan’s season

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


UM baseball vs Nebraska(MGoBlue.com)

Facing elimination from the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, the Michigan baseball team needed to win two straight against Nebraska, which was playing in front of its home crowd. Instead, the second-seeded Cornhuskers took care of business, sending Michigan home with a 6-1 loss.

Freshman pitcher Keith Lehmann held Nebraska in check through the first three innings, but the ‘Huskers got on the board in the fourth when Tanner Lubach singled up the middle to score Pat Kelly, who had walked. In the bottom of the sixth, Nebraska blew the game open with five more runs.

Michigan scored its only run of the day in the top of the ninth when junior Jackson Glines knocked in Travis Maezes with a sacrifice fly. Maezes got hit by a pitch to open the inning, then moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a fly out by Jacob Cronenworth.

Michigan managed just three hits for the game, two by Cronenworth and the other by Maezes. Lehmann went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out two.

The Wolverines’ season ends with a 30-29-1 record. Head coach Erik Bakich will lose five seniors to graduation, but has the core of his team, which finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten regular season, returning next season.

Baseball stays alive, softball sent home

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


Evan Hill vs Iowa(MGoBlue.com)

In a reverse of Thursday’s action, the Michigan baseball team won to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament for another day, while the Michigan softball team dropped two straight to Florida State to see its season come to an end.

Facing elimination following Thursday’s 5-0 loss to Indiana, the baseball team put together a great game against eighth-seed Iowa on Friday evening, beating the Hawkeyes 7-1. Neither team scored through three innings, but Iowa got the first run of the game in the top of the fourth when Jake Yacinich stole home and avoided the tag from catcher Cole Martin.

But Michigan wasted no time getting the run back, and more. The Wolverines scored three in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Carmen Benedetti and Kevin White got back-to-back singles. After a Dominic Jamett strike out, Eric Jacobson singled up the middle to knock in Benedetti, then Wednesday’s hero, Travis Maezes, tripled to score White and Jacobson.

In the next inning, Benedetti hit a two-run home run to put Michigan ahead 5-1, and in the sixth, Michigan scored two more. Maezes hit his second triple of the day and was knocked in by a Jacob Cronenworth double, who was then knocked in by Jackson Glines to reach the final score of 7-1.

Sophomore pitcher Evan Hill pitched brilliantly, striking out eight and allowing juts five hits and one run in 7.2 innings before Jackson Lamb closed the game. Maezes paced the offense with a 3-for-5 performance and two runs batted in. Cronenworth, Benedetti, and White had two hits apiece for a Michigan offense that out-hit Iowa 13-5.

Michigan's season ends just short of the World Series with a 47-15 record (MGoBlue.com)

Michigan’s season ends just short of the World Series with a 47-15 record (MGoBlue.com)

Michigan faces second-seed Nebraska (39-18) on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. EST. The Wolverines have to beat the Cornhuskers twice in order to advance to the championship game. Michigan lost two of three to Nebraska during the regular season. A loss would end Michigan’s season, but Friday night’s win assured the Wolverines of a second straight winning season.

The Michigan softball team, meanwhile, needed only to win one of two against host Florida State on Friday evening, but dropped both to fall just short of the Women’s College World Series.

In the opener, Florida State’s offense exploded with six runs on four home runs in the fifth and sixth innings after being held scoreless through four. Michigan was unable to get any offense going against FSU pitcher Lacey Waldrop. Lindsay Doyle went 2-for-3 in the game and Michigan managed five hits, but left six runners on base and fell 6-0.

Game two was a much closer contest. Florida State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Lindsay Montemarano tied it up with a homer in the top of the second. Michigan then took the lead on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Taylor Hasselbach, but that was the only run the Wolverines could score in the inning.

The theme of the day was missed opportunities. In the fifth, pinch runner Brandi Virgil was thrown out at home after a Hasselbach single to center. In the sixth, Michigan put runners on second and third, but Nicole Sappingfield lined out to third to end the inning. In the top of the seventh, Michigan loaded the bases with no outs, but Hasselbach struck out, Sweet hit into a fielder’s choice, which got Sierra Romero out at home, and pinch hitter Kelly Christner grounded out to end the inning, stranding three.

Florida State tied the game in the fifth, and the score remained tied heading into the bottom of the seventh. The first batter grounded out and the second walked. The third hit a grounder to Romero, who got the runner out at second to pull Michigan within an out of the World Series. But FSU centerfielder Courtney Senas had other plans, blasting a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence to end the game in walk-off fashion. It sent Florida State to the World Series for the first time in 10 years and sent Michigan home. The Wolverines finished the season 47-15.

Softball dominates Seminoles, baseball shut out by Hoosiers

Friday, May 23rd, 2014


UM softball vs FSU 1(MGoBlue.com)

Both the Michigan softball and baseball teams were in action on Thursday evening, but only one came away victorious. Michigan softball dominated third-ranked Florida State, 17-3, while Michigan baseball fell to top-seeded Indiana, 5-0.

The softball team took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out single by Sierra Lawrence, but the home-team Seminoles responded with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to grab a 3-1 lead. Then the Michigan bats caught fire.

The Wolverines batted through the order, knocking in seven runs in the top of the third, to jump out to a 8-3 lead. Lawrence, Lauren Sweet, Kelly Christner, and Sierra Romero each knocked in runs.

Michigan got another run in the fifth on a Nicole Sappingfield RBI double, and exploded once more in the top of the sixth. Lawrence got it started with a bunt single and advanced to second on a single by Taylor Hasselbach. Sweet loaded the bases with a single. After a pop-out by Lindsay Montemarano, Abby Ramirez was hit by a pitch, sending in a run. The FSU pitcher was then called for an illegal pitch, advancing all runners for another run. Lindsay Doyle singled, knocking in a third run. Sappingfield grounded out, but FSU was called for another illegal pitch, resulting in another run. Romero was walked and then stole second before Caitlin Blanchard singled, knocking her and Doyle in. Lawrence was hit by a pitch and Hasselbach singled. A Sweet double knocked them both in before the inning came to a close.

Freshman Brett Adcock allowed no hits through five and one through six, but the wheels fell off in the seventh (MGoBlue.com)

Freshman Brett Adcock allowed no hits through five and one through six, but the wheels fell off in the seventh (MGoBlue.com)

Suddenly, Michigan led 17-3. Pitcher Megan Betsa, who came in for starting pitcher Haylie Wagner in the second, held the Seminoles in the bottom of the sixth and Michigan got the run-rule win. Betsa pitched brilliantly, giving up just three hits and no runs, while striking out seven in 4.1 innings.

The lopsided win was the worst margin of defeat and the most runs allowed in Florida State history, as well as the most runs Michigan has scored in NCAA Tournament history.

The two teams square off in the second game of the best-of-three series this afternoon at 4 p.m. EST. It will be televised on ESPNU. If Michigan wins, it will advance to the Women’s College World Series. If Florida State wins, game three will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

Michigan baseball hung with Indiana through five innings in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, but after getting out of a jam in the top of the sixth, let things get away in the seventh.

Both teams had no-hitters going through five innings before the Hoosiers got the first hit of the game in the sixth. With runners on first and second and no outs, freshman pitcher Brett Adcock got a fly out and two strike outs to end the inning. But in the seventh, Hoosier Dustin DeMuth got a lead-off double and took third on a fly out. A single off of Adcock’s leg knocked in the first run, and after another infield single, Casey Rodrigue cleared the bases with a triple. Kyle Schwarber bashed a home run to put Indiana ahead, 5-0.

Michigan managed just one hit in the game and couldn’t get anything going against All-Big Ten first-team pitcher Christian Morris. For his part, Adcock went 6.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits and recording seven strike outs.

Michigan falls into the loser’s bracket where it will face eighth-seed Iowa (30-22, 10-14) tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Hawkeyes eliminated Minnesota with a 2-1 win on Thursday afternoon. Michigan took two of three from Iowa during the regular season, dropping the first, 3-2, and winning the next two, 4-2 and 6-5. The winner of this evening’s matchup will face second-seed Nebraska on Saturday night and will need to beat the Cornhuskers twice in-a-row to advance to the championship game.

Wolverines beat Minnesota, top-seed Indiana awaits

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


Michigan baseball vs MIN(MGoBlue.com)

Unable to muster any offense through six innings, Michigan got the hit it needed when sophomore shortstop Travis Maezes blasted a three-run home run into the right field seats to give Michigan a 3-2 lead over Minnesota. The Wolverines hung on to win by the same score, sending the Gophers into the loser’s bracket and advancing to a meeting with top-seed Indiana on Thursday evening.

Maezes jumped on a 3-2 pitch following singles by Jackson Lamb and Eric Jacobson to give Michigan its first lead of the game. Minnesota scored a run each in the fourth and fifth inning, both coming with two outs, and both off of starting pitcher Trent Szkutnik.

Szkutnik went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three. Junior reliever James Bourque came in in relief and pitched three strong innings, giving up two hits and striking out three to earn the win.

Maezes went 2-for-4 with the home run, a walk, and three runs batted in. Lamb and Jacobson also went 2-for-4, while Jackson Glines went 2-for-3. Michigan out-hit Minnesota 11 to six and the Michigan pitching staff combined to strike out seven Gophers.

The Wolverines face top-seed Indiana (39-13, 21-3) on Thursday at 10 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.

Indiana took two of three from Michigan in Bloomington two months ago, but the one that Michigan stole was one of just three losses for the Hoosiers in conference play this season. Indiana beat eight-seed Iowa 5-2 on Wednesday to advance.

Michigan softball advances to Super Regionals

Monday, May 19th, 2014


Doyle home run rob(MGoBlue.com)

For the ninth time in 10 years, the Michigan softball team is heading to the Super Regionals, this time thanks to a two-game sweep of host Arizona State on Sunday afternoon.

Michigan began the double elimination regional with a 9-8 win over San Diego State, but dropped its second game, 4-1, to ninth-seeded Arizona State. Facing elimination, Michigan dropped San Diego State 9-1 to advance to Sunday’s title game against the Sun Devils, who hadn’t yet lost.

In the first game, Michigan fell behind early on a two-run home run by ASU’s Cheyenne Coyle, but sophomore Sierra Romero answered with a two-run bomb of her own in the bottom half of the inning. Michigan took the lead in the third inning on a two-run home run by senior Caitlin Blanchard and the Wolverines hung on for a 4-3 win. Junior Haylie Wagner pitched 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one run after relieving starter Megan Betsa. The win set up a winner-take-all second game.

This time it was Michigan that jumped out to the 2-0 lead, getting two bases loaded walks in the top of the first. Arizona State scored a run in the bottom of the first to pull within one and then hit a pair of home runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Michigan sophomore Sierra Lawrence hit a solo shot in the top of the fifth to cut the ASU lead to 4-3.

In the top of the seventh, three outs away from elimination, it was Lawrence again who got things going, blasting her second home run of the game to tie it at four. The very next batter, senior Taylor Hasselbach, who was just 1-for-10 before that, hit the next pitch over the wall to put Michigan ahead, 5-4.

In the bottom half of the inning, Arizona State got the tying run on base, and with two outs, Amber Freeman blasted the ball towards the center field fence. Michigan’s senior center fielder, Lindsay Doyle, jumped up and snagged the ball before it could go over the wall, ending the game and No. 4 ASU’s season. Doyle’s catch made SportsCenter’s top play.

Michigan advances to the Super Regional where it will face eighth-seeded Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. on Thursday evening. The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the eight-teem Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Final round 77 ends O’Neill’s season

Saturday, May 17th, 2014


O'Neill round 3(Scott Walstrom, NIU Media)

Michigan men’s golfer Chris O’Neill shot a 77 in the final round of the NCAA Regional on Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The five-over round ended his season as Kent State’s Taylor Pendrith captured the low individual spot from non-advancing teams in next weekend’s NCAA Final.

O’Neill began the day tied with Pendrith at four-over through two rounds, but recorded back-to-back double-bogeys on holes 13 and 14 and a bogey on 18 to shoot a first nine 41. He strung together nine straight pars on his second nine. Pendrith, meanwhile, shot a two-under, 70 to advance. O’Neill finished tied for 20th overall and seventh among individuals not on the low five teams.

Illinois won the team competition by two strokes over Alabama-Birmingham, while Purdue, Southern California, and California advanced as well. Illinois’ Brian Campbell took home medalist honors with a three-round score of five-under, beating USC’s Anthony Paolucci by four strokes.

O’Neill finishes his sophomore campaign with a scoring average of 73.02, which ranks among the top 10 in program history.

Chris O’Neill’s Round 3 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Score 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 5 6 4 3 5 5 41 77

O’Neill fires 71 in second round of NCAA Regional

Friday, May 16th, 2014


O'Neill round 2(Scott Walstrom, NIU Media)

After opening with a 77 on Thursday, Michigan men’s golfer Chris O’Neill bounced back with a 71 in Friday’s second round of the NCAA Regional men’s golf tournament at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

The one-under round vaulted O’Neill from 28th place overall to 14th and widened his lead among individuals.

Individual Standings
Place Player Team Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Chris O’Neill Michigan 77 71 148
2 Danny Pizetoski Richmond 78 77 155
3 Niall Platt Notre Dame 80 77 157
4 Rob van de Vin IUPUI 83 75 158
5 Juan Veloza Towson 81 86 167

Starting on the back nine, O’Neill birdied two of his first three holes and didn’t record a bogey until after the turn. He bogeyed his 10th hole of the day, but responded with a birdie on the next hole. He then strung together six straight pars before closing his round with a bogey on the ninth.

He was one of just eight competitors to break par in Friday’s cold and wet conditions. Brian Campbell of Illinois is the only one in the field under par through two rounds after following up a 69 on Thursday with a 70 on Friday. The team competition appears to be a two-team race between Alabama-Birmingham and Illinois, with UAB holding a one stroke lead. Michigan doesn’t have a team competing.

The regional continues with the final round on Saturday. O’Neill tees off at 10:04 a.m. from the 10th tee. If he finishes as the low individual not on one of the low five teams, O’Neill will advance to next weekend’s NCAA Finals at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

O’Neill entered the Sugar Grove Regional ranked as the No. 2 individual not on a team behind Notre Dame’s Niall Platt, who currently trails O’Neill by nine strokes.

Stay tuned to Maize and Go Blue for continued updates on O’Neill’s march towards the NCAA Final.

Chris O’Neill’s Round 2 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Score 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 5 37 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 5 4 34 71

O’Neill opens NCAA Regional with 77

Friday, May 16th, 2014


Chris O'Neill round 1(Scott Walstrom, NIU Media)

Michigan men’s golfer Chris O’Neill shot a 77 in the opening round of the NCAA Regional men’s golf tournament on Thursday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

The sophomore from Glen Allen, Va. currently sits in a tie for 28th among all competitors in the regional, but leads the five individuals. The regional is made up of 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The top five teams and the top individual after 54 holes will advance to the finals at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas next weekend.

Individual Standings
Place Player Team Round 1
1 Chris O’Neill Michigan 77
2 Danny Pizetoski Richmond 78
3 Niall Platt Notre Dame 80
4 Juan Veloza Towson 81
5 Rob van de Vin IUPUI 83

In his opening round, O’Neill birdied his second hole before recording three straight bogeys, but rebounded with another birdie on six. He closed the first nine with three pars to go out in 37. On the second nine, he again bogeyed three straight, this time on 11, 12, and 13, and added another on 18 to come in with a 40.

Only three participants broke par on Thursday, led by Brian Campbell of Illinois, who shot a three-under 69. Taylor Pendrith of Kent State and Pablo Torres of Jacksonville State each shot 70.

The regional will continue today with the second of three rounds, though the starting times have been delayed two-and-a-half hours due to inclement weather. O’Neill was scheduled to tee off at 10:34 a.m., but will now go off at 1:04 p.m. from the 10th tee.

O’Neill was a three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week this season, leading the Wolverines in seven of 11 events. He finished in the top five three times and in the top 20 four times, winning the Windon Memorial in September. He tied for 24th at the Big Ten Championships and finished the regular season with a scoring average of 72.84 per 18 holes and 217.11 per 54-hole tournament.

Stay tuned to Maize and Go Blue for continued updates on O’Neill’s march towards the NCAA championships.

Chris O’Neill’s Round 1 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Score 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 37 4 6 5 4 4 4 3 5 5 40 77

That close: Kentucky 75 – Michigan 72

Sunday, March 30th, 2014


Jordan Morgan vs Kentucky 3-30-14(MGoBlue.com)

A perfect juxtaposition of basketball styles put on a thrilling performance Sunday evening in Indianapolis with a trip to the Final Four on the line. One, the embodiment of college basketball in its truest form, a well-coached mixture of NBA talent and role players performing together as a team. The other, a high-flying collection of all-stars playing an NBA style, vying to extend their reluctant seven-month pit stop in Lexington a few more days before moving on to the next level and the riches that await them.

If games were won or lost by recruiting rankings alone this one wouldn’t have been close. Yes, Michigan has elevated its recruiting over the past few years, but one of John Beilein’s two five-stars was riding the bench as he has since mid-December after undergoing season-ending back surgery. When John Calipari’s four-star big man suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s Sweet Sixteen win over Louisville, forcing him to miss this game, he got a big lift from an unsung hero who just happens to have been rated even higher. No, this one shouldn’t have been close. But it was.

When Michigan lost last season’s national championship game and two NBA draft picks, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., it was assumed that the team would take a slight step back this season. There was plenty of talent, sure, but the leadership of Hardaway and the game-changing ability of Burke would be tough to replace. Then, preseason All-American Mitch McGary was lost for the year and Michigan opened the season 6-4. But instead of wilting, this resilient group of overachievers tore through the Big Ten, winning the conference by three games, and marched right back to the Elite Eight, into this matchup with what had been considered just two weeks ago a highly-heralded group of underachievers.

Aaron Harrison's three with two seconds remaining ended Michigan's season (IndyStar)

Aaron Harrison’s three with two seconds remaining ended Michigan’s season (IndyStar)

Michigan raced out to an 11-4 lead in the game’s first five minutes, sending a message to the young superstars that, despite the disparity in recruiting rankings and NBA potential, they wouldn’t be taken lightly. Kentucky responded with an 8-3 run to pull within two, showing time and again that their sheer athleticism and skill was superior. Of the Wildcats’ first eight baskets, seven were layups or dunks.

Michigan pulled ahead by six at 25-19, but Kentucky’s five-star guard James Young — who went to high school an hour from Ann Arbor — answered with a three. Michigan scored the next seven to open up a 10-point lead and suddenly the pro-Kentucky crowd in Lucas Oil Stadium — a mere three hour drive from Lexington — was stunned. But Michigan went scoreless for the next two-and-a-half minutes and the Wildcats had closed the gap to two. By halftime, Kentucky had tied the game at 37 and captured all of the momentum.

Five-star Julius Randle opened the second half with a dunk to give Kentucky its first lead of the game, but two-star Caris LeVert answered with a jumper. Kentucky scored the next six and it looked like the big boys were finally starting to take charge. But the unheralded LeVert hit a shot, followed by a three from four-star Derrick Walton Jr. After a Randle layup, LeVert hit a three to tie the game at 47. Michigan wasn’t going away.

Michigan regained the lead when lone five-star Glenn Robinson III threw down a dunk with 12:27 to play. Two-star Jon Hoford followed with a dunk of his own and Michigan was up four. But 11 straight points by Kentucky turned a four-point deficit into a seven-point lead before Robinson connected on a three to stop the bleeding. Michigan had gone five minutes and 25 seconds without a point.

After a rare defensive stop, Michigan got a three-point play from no-star Jordan Morgan and it was a game again, 62-61 Kentucky with 4:47 remaining. But Kentucky’s five-star guard Aaron Harrison knocked down a three to keep Michigan from pulling even.

Back and forth went the final few minutes, neither team able to stop the other. Morgan dunk on one end, five-star Alex Poythress layup on the other. Robinson dunk on one end, five-star Dakari Johnson layup on the other. Four-star Nik Stauskas free throws on one end, Harrison three on the other. Robinson three-pointer on one end, turnover on the other. Kentucky’s turnover with 1:39 to play was the first stop for either team since five-star Andrew Harrison turned it over with 5:25 to play.

Michigan found itself within two points, with the ball, with 56 seconds remaining and a chance to either tie the game or take the lead. Stauskas drove to his right, into the lane, but his contested layup attempt was no good. LeVert grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out Stauskas in the corner for three. His shot missed, but LeVert was there again for the rebound. He found Walton for three, but again it was no good. This time, Morgan was there to tip it in and tie the game at 72.

Just 27 seconds remained and Michigan needed a defensive stop to force overtime. Kentucky had had its way with the dribble-drive all game, consistently beating Wolverine defenders off the dribble and either finishing in the paint or giving their taller and more athletic big men a chance to grab the rebound or tip it in. But with the game on the line, Michigan’s defense held firm, forcing Kentucky — which entered the game shooting just 32.6 percent from three-point range — a contested NBA-range three. It was just the shot Michigan wanted Kentucky to take. And Harrison nailed it. Stauskas’ half-court heave at the buzzer fell just short and the book on Michigan’s season was closed.

Kentucky’s season extends for at least six more days, at most eight, before five — maybe more — players will declare for the NBA Draft and Calipari will reload with four of the nation’s top 25 incoming freshmen. Beilein will await the decisions of sophomores Stauskas, Robinson, and McGary. He’ll also lose Morgan, who defined the essence of pure college basketball, committing to a much different-looking Michigan program in 2010 as an unranked big man, and going out with a degree in industrial engineering as one of the most beloved Wolverines on the team.

Two very different programs. Two very different philosophies. The one that was supposed to win on Sunday evening won, but the difference on the court was virtually nonexistent. The one that didn’t will go down as one of the best in Michigan history. Michigan’s mixture of stars and unsung heroes — some of whom virtually nobody wanted — stood toe to toe with the nations best and proved they belonged. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Three Stars

***Nik Stauskas***
24 points (6-of-14 FG, 2-of-7 3PT, 10-of-11 FT), 1 rebound, three assists, three turnovers in 39 minutes

**Julius Randle (UK)**
16 points (7-of-16 FG, 2-of-2 FT), 11 rebounds (four offensive), one block, one steal, in 32 minutes

*Marcus Lee (UK)*
10 points (5-of-7FG), eight rebounds (seven offensive), two blocks in 15 minutes

Quick Hitters

 The 59 wins over the last two seasons are the most in program history and the highest two-year total since the 1991-92 and 1992-93 teams won 56.

 This year’s team finishes the season as the seventh-highest scoring in Michigan history with 2,736 points.

 Jordan Morgan finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in career field goal percentage (63.1) and single-season field goal percentage (70).

 Nik Stasukas passed Louis Bullock (1995-97) for the most made three-pointers in the first two years. He now has 172.

 Stauskas and Caris LeVert were both named to the Midwest Region All-Tournament Team, becoming the 25th and 26th players in program history to earn regional all-tournament teams.

 

 


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Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
01 Glenn Robinson III* 6-14 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 14 1 0 0 1 37
10 Derrick Walton Jr.* 1-7 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 1 0 0 1 33
11 Nik Stauskas* 6-14 2-7 10-11 0 1 1 0 24 3 3 0 0 39
52 Jordan Morgan* 5-6 0-0 1-1 4 0 4 3 11 0 2 0 0 22
23 Caris LeVert* 4-7 1-3 0-2 2 1 3 4 9 5 1 1 2 31
02 Spike Albrecht 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
15 Jon Horford 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2 6 1 0 0 0 14
21 Zak Irvin 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 13
44 Max Bielfeldt 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Totals 27-57 7-18 11-14 14 10 24 14 72 11 7 1 4 200
Kentucky 31-58 7-11 6-11 17 18 35 14 75 8 11 6 2 200
Full Stats

Taking charge: Michigan 73 – Tennessee 71

Friday, March 28th, 2014


Win the Game vs Tennessee 3-28-14(MGoBlue.com)

The pregame build up for Michigan’s Sweet Sixteen matchup with 11th-seeded Tennessee centered around the Volunteers’ physical advantage with bruising big men Jarnell Stokes and Jaronne Maymon. Michigan’s overlooked center, senior Jordan Morgan, took notice and outplayed both of them, leading the Wolverines to a 73-71 victory.

“We heard all week about they had mismatches and how we couldn’t guard them inside,” Morgan said. “I guess people forgot we play in the Big Ten and we won the Big Ten outright.”

Morgan’s defense held Stokes to just 11 points and six rebounds — well below both his season and NCAA Tournament averages — while piling up 15 points and seven boards of his own. But his biggest play was also the most controversial. With nine seconds remaining and Michigan clinging to a one point lead, Tennessee inbounded the ball to Stokes along the baseline. As Stokes made his move to the basket, Morgan stood strong, drawing the contact and falling backward. Charge was called and Michigan survived.

Jordan Morgan won the battle of big men with 15 points and seven rebounds (MGoBlue.com)

Jordan Morgan won the battle of big men with 15 points and seven rebounds (MGoBlue.com)

“They set a screen for him to come open, so I knew that the play was going to be for him,” Morgan said of the play. “I just know he likes to play bully ball and was just in a stance ready. I don’t know, I just was there. That’s just something I do. I take charges. That’s just what I do.”

Despite Morgan’s strong play, the game didn’t have to come down to the wire had Michigan not blown a sizable lead. The Wolverines led 60-45 with 10:56 to play and seemed to be cruising into the Elite Eight. But Tennessee started chipping away at the lead. An 8-0 run cut the lead to seven before a Morgan jumper ended a scoring drought of 3:30.

Tennessee cut the lead to six, but Derrick Walton Jr. answered with his second three of the game. Layups by Josh Richardson and Jordan McRae sandwiched a Stauskas layup and then Stauskas nailed a three to bring Michigan’s lead back to double digits at ten. But Tennessee wasn’t done.

Back-to-back Tennessee baskets brought it within six, and after a Morgan dunk, the Volunteers got a three-point play by McRae. After a Michigan turnover Richardson got a layup to pull the Vols within three with just 24 seconds left. Spike Albrecht inbounded the ball to Glenn Robinson III along the sideline, but he had nowhere to go with it and threw it away. Tennessee once again capitalized with a layup by McRae. Suddenly, Michigan’s lead was down to one with 10 seconds left.

Albrecht threw the inbounds pass to Caris LeVert, who stepped on the end line as he tried to turn and run. Now, not only was Michigan up just one, but Tennessee had possession and a chance to win. But that’s when Morgan stepped in to draw the charge. Michigan got the ball to Stauskas, who was sent to the free throw line and made the front end of the one-and-one. Tennessee’s last-ditch heave didn’t fall and Michigan survived.

Michigan shot 55.1 percent for the game, but 61.5 percent in the first half, which helped the Wolverines open up the big lead. Michigan led by 11 at the half. They cooled off in the second, shooting “just” 47.8 percent. After a 7-of-9 three-point performance in the first half, Michigan made 4-of-11 in the second half.

As expected, Michigan lost the rebounding battle, but the 28-26 difference was much closer than the pregame talk predicted. The main area of concern is an uncharacteristic 13 turnovers for a Michigan squad that committed just four against Texas in the Round of 32.

Morgan led Michigan with 15 points and seven rebounds. Stauskas added 14 on 5-of-12 shooting and 3-of-8 three-point shooting. Robinson III continued his solid play in the tournament with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with five rebounds. LeVert was the fourth Michigan player in double figures with 10 points, while Walton Jr. was one shy with nine. Zak Irvin went 3-of-3 off the bench from downtown to also contribute nine.

Michigan remains in Indianapolis through the weekend and will face the winner of the Kentucky-Louisville match for a trip to the Final Four. The game will take place at 5:05 p.m. ET and be televised by CBS.

Three Stars

***Jordan Morgan***
15 points (7-of-9 FG, 1-of-1 FT), 7 rebounds (pne offensive), one block, one steal, one turnover in 32 minutes

**Jordan McRae (UT)**
24 points (9-of-18 FG, 0-of-5 3PT, 6-of-11 FT), six rebounds (two offensive), four block, one steal, two assists in 38 minutes

*Glenn Robinson III*
13 points (5-of-8FG, 1-of-1 3PT, 1-of-2 FT), five rebounds (two offensive), two assists, one steal, two turnovers in 39 minutes

Quick Hitters

 Michigan broke the program record for made three-pointers in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 305, which was set in 2008-09. The Wolverines currently have 312 on the season.

 This Michigan team currently ranks eighth in program history for points scored in a season. The Wolverines moved up from 11th, surpassing the 1996-97, 1997-98, and 1991-92 teams.

 Michigan is now 8-0 this season when Jordan Morgan scores in double figures and 13-2 when Nik Stasukas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III all score in double figures.

 Jordan Morgan currently ranks first all-time in single season (68.80 percent) and career (62.71 percent) field goal percentage. He leads Maceo Baston by 0.64 and 0.04 percent, respectively.

 Nik Stauskas surpassed the 600-point mark on the season, the 21st time a Michigan player has accomplished the feat. Stauskas is also now just one three-pointer away from tying Louis Bullock (1995-97) for the most made threes in the first two seasons.

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
01 Glenn Robinson III* 5-8 1-1 2-2 2 3 5 0 13 2 2 0 1 39
10 Derrick Walton Jr.* 2-2 2-2 3-3 0 6 6 3 9 4 3 0 0 30
11 Nik Stauskas* 5-12 3-8 1-2 0 0 0 1 14 2 1 0 0 37
52 Jordan Morgan* 7-9 0-0 1-1 1 6 7 3 15 0 1 1 1 32
23 Caris LeVert* 4-10 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 10 5 5 0 3 33
02 Spike Albrecht 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 10
15 Jon Horford 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 8
21 Zak Irvin 3-5 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 11
Totals 27-49 11-20 8-10 6 20 26 13 73 14 13 1 5 200
Tennessee 30-57 3-11 8-14 11 17 28 13 71 11 7 8 7 200
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