Previewing Michigan
This story originally published on PackPride.com


Posted Nov 27, 2012


Led by point guard Trey Burke, Michigan is one of the top teams in the country. Here is a quick preview of tonight's opponent.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G- 03 Trey Burke (16.4 ppg, 6.8 apg)
    G- 10 Tim Hardaway Jr. (18.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
    F- 01 Glenn Robinson III (12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
    F- 13 Matt Vogrich (2.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
    C- 52 Jordan Morgan (5.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

    STAR WATCH
    Trey Burke -- Burke flirted with going pro last season and the Wolverines have to be thrilled to have the talented sophomore back. A terrific scorer, Burke is also a playmaker who will create for his teammates. Lorenzo Brown will have his hands full with Burke.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. -- One of the most efficient players in the country, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 18.2 points per game while shooting 61.8% from the field and 47.6% from the 3-point line. The 6-foot-6 guard is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game.


    Michigan Notables

    GAME DAY INSIDER
    • Today's game against #18/18 N.C. State is sold out. It marks the second time in four regular season games U-M has filled Crisler Center to its capacity.
    • Michigan will unveil its 2012 Big Ten regular season championship banner in a pregame ceremony.
    • This season marks the 14th edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges; however, the Big Ten has captured each of the last three Commissioner's Cups.
    • Michigan has a 4-7 all-time record in 11 Big Ten/ACC Challenge appearances. The Wolverines did not participate in the event in 2001 or 2002.
    • N.C. State owns a 5-7 all-time record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Wolfpack are 1-5 all-time in road game in the Challenge.
    • With a 71-57 victory over Kansas State, Michigan won its first NIT Season Tip-Off for the first time in program history. En route to the NIT Season Tip-Off title, U-M, who hosted the North Regional at Crisler Center, defeated IUPUI (91-54) and Cleveland State (77-47) to advance to New York. Playing at Madison Square Garden, U-M defeated Pittsburgh (67-62) in the semifinal and Kansas State (71-57) in the championship.
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. was named the NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player, while Trey Burke was named to the All-Tournament team.
    • Nik Stauskas was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week as he helped U-M to the NIT Season Tip-Off title. Coming off the bench he averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent (7-for-14) from the floor and 42.0 percent from long range (3-for-7) while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

    A LOOK AT BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
    • This season marks the 14th edition of the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges however the Big Ten has captured each of the last three Commissioner's Cups.
    • Michigan has a 4-7 all-time record in 11 Big Ten/ACC Challenge appearances. U-M fell, 70-58, last season at Virginia. The Wolverines did not participate in the event in 2001 or 2002.
    • Under head coach John Beilein, Michigan is 1-4 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the lone U-M victory came on Nov. 30, 2010, a 69-61 win at Clemson.
    • Michigan is 2-3 all-time at home in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games and will be making its first home appearance in the event since 2009. U-M played back-to-back road games at Clemson in 2010 and at Virginia in 2011.
    • Tuesday’s meeting will be the third Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup between Michigan and N.C. State. The Wolverines defeated the Wolfpack, 68-61, in Ann Arbor on Dec. 2, 2003. N.C. State defeated U-M, 74-67, in Raleigh on Nov. 27, 2006.
    • This season’s meeting with N.C. State will make the Wolfpack Michigan’s most frequent Big Ten/ ACC Challenge foe with three total games. The only other teams U-M has faced twice in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge are Boston College and Georgia Tech.
    • N.C. State owns a 5-7 all-time record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Wolfpack are 1-5 all-time in road game in the Challenge. Last season, the Wolfpack fell to Indiana, 86-75.

    CAPTURING THE NIT SEASON TIP-OFF CROWN
    • With a 71-57 victory over Kansas State, Michigan won its first NIT Season Tip-Off . En route to the NIT Season Tip-Off title, U-M, who hosted the North Regional at Crisler Center, defeated IUPUI (91- 54) and Cleveland State (77-47) to advance to New York. Playing at Madison Square Garden, U-M defeated Pittsburgh (67-62) in the semifinal and Kansas State in the championship game.
    • Michigan had competed in the NIT Season Tip-Off on three different occasions -- 1986, 1995 and 2004. Prior to this year, U-M was 0-4 in final round games played at Madison Square Garden. U-M broke the streak with its 67-62 semifinal win over Pittsburgh.
    • With 23 points, seven rebounds, a block and a steal in the championship game, Tim Hardaway Jr. earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the NIT Season Tip-Off . In the four games, he averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while shooting 57.8 percent from the field.
    • Trey Burke earned NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament honors after averaging 15.3 points, 6.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds in the four games.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    • Michigan is currently averaging 81.2 points per game. Only one other time has a John Beilein led team finished the season averaging above 80 points per game (82.9, 1987-88 at LeMoyne). Under Beilein at Michigan the highest season average was 66.9 in 2008-09.
    • Michigan has won its first five games by an average of 24.8 points per game.
    • Michigan is averaging 41.6 rebounds per game and has out-rebounded its opponents by 14.0 per game this season.
    • Michigan has recorded four games with 40-plus rebounds. In John Beilein's five previous seasons, U-M has recorded 22 total games of 40-plus rebounds with the most in a season being six during 2010-11. The highest single game output was 53 against Norfolk State (Nov. 25, 2008).
    • Michigan has trailed at the half only once this season -- 33-29 vs. Pittsburgh.
    • Michigan has had four of its five games with 10-or-fewer turnovers.
    • Michigan has played a steady rotation of at least 10 players this season.
    • Michigan is shooting 53.5 percent for the season with eight players shooting above 50 percent from the floor.
    • John Beilein has 96 wins as head coach at Michigan. He needs just four more to become the seventh U-M coach to reach 100 in their tenure in Ann Arbor.
    • Jordan Morgan leads U-M shooting 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the floor with Tim Hardaway Jr. (61.8 percent), Nik Stauskas (59.3 percent), Mitch McGary (57.9 percent) Glenn Robinson III (54.8 percent), close behind.
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. has not missed a game in his three seasons -- starting 74 consecutive games.
    • After redshirting his freshman season, Jordan Morgan has not missed a game in his three seasons -- 74 consecutive games with 73 starts.
    • Trey Burke has not missed a game in his two seasons -- 39 consecutive games with 38 starts.
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. (18.2 ppg) and Trey Burke (16.4 ppg) have scored in double figures in all five games.
    • Trey Burke leads the Big Ten with 6.8 assists per game.
    • Trey Burke's 34 assists (6.8 apg) are just about half of Michigan's 73 on the season.
    • Trey Burke (190) needs 10 more assists to reach 200 in his career.
    • Glenn Robinson III was the first Wolverine this season to grab more than 10 rebounds in a game with 12 vs. Kansas State. He leads U-M with 7.6 per game and has had five-or-more rebounds in each game this season.
    • Nik Stauskas is shooting 58.8 percent (10-of-17) on three-point field goals and has knocked down at-least one long range bucket in five straight games.
    • Nik Stauskas has missed just one free throw this season as he is 16-for-17 on the season. Stauskas' only miss was when he was fouled on a three-point field goal against Cleveland State. After a media timeout he missed the free throw and the chance for the four-point play.
    • Eso Akunne has come off the bench in U-M's first five games and gone 3-for-3 from long range. In fact, prior to his foot injury last season at Purdue, he is 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) on three point field goals -- a span of 17 games.
    • When Michigan scores 80-or-more points, the Wolverines are a perfect 20-0 in the John Beilein era.
    • When Michigan scores 70-or-more points, the Wolverines are 56-4 in the John Beilein era, including 23-1 in Big Ten play.
    • Michigan has only two players with a double-double -- Tim Hardaway Jr. (4) and Jordan Morgan (1).
    • Michigan has had a freshman in the starting lineup in all six of John Beilein's season -- Glenn Robinson Jr. (2012-13), Trey Burke (2011-12), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2010-11), Darius Morris (2009-10), Zack Novak & Stu Douglass (2008-09) and Manny Harris (2007-08).
    • Over the last two seasons Michigan has had two unanimous selections to the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team -- Trey Burke (2011-12) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (2010-11).


    Michigan athletics contributed to this report.



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