Michigan vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview
(9) Michigan
(16-1, 2-1 away)
(9) Minnesota
(15-2, 12-1 home)
Venue: Williams Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Michigan T Burke 18.0 M McGary 5.9 T Burke 7.1
Minnesota A Hollins 14.4 T Mbakwe 8.1 A Hollins 3.6

No. 5 Michigan travels to Williams Arena on Thursday to take on No. 9 Minnesota. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN2. The Wolverines are 7-1 against the Golden Gophers over the last four years. The last time they met (3/9/2012) they won 73-69.

This game will undo the logjam of these two teams at 3rd place in the Big Ten.

In their last game, Trey Burke put up 15 points in the Wolverines 56-53 loss to Ohio State on January 13th. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 18.0 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, and 1.2 steals per game. For the Golden Gophers, Trevor Mbakwe finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the 88-81 loss to Indiana on January 12th. He leads the team in rebounds with 8.1 per game and blocks with 1.5 per game. Minnesota will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: offensive rebounding percentage at 48.0 and free throw rate at 44.7.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas) has more three-pointers than the Minnesota three-point leader (Andre Hollins).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Michigan has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Minnesota (17 vs 6).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan is superior to Minnesota (Latest AP Poll: #2 vs #9).
  • Michigan has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Minnesota (#24 vs #81).
  • At least you keep showing up. Michigan has an average margin of victory of 12 over Minnesota in 35 wins since 1980.
  • Michigan is better under pressure, and has defeated Minnesota in 5 out of the last 9 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Michigan is a better three-point shooting team (40.7% vs 32.4%) than Minnesota this season.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Michigan has come back to win after being down at half against Minnesota 4 times since 2001.
  • Trey Burke is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in points, 10th in the Big Ten in three-pointers, and 5th nationally in assists.
  • Michigan has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Minnesota according to Kiplinger (70% vs 41%).
  • Michigan has more Top 10 Director's Cup finishes than Minnesota (15 vs 1)
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 33 18 3 7 1 0 2
A- Tim Hardaway Jr 33 16 5 3 1 0 2
A- G. Robinson III 32 12 6 1 1 0 1
B+ Nik Stauskas 30 13 3 1 0 0 1
B- Mitch McGary 16 5 6 0 1 1 1
B- Jordan Morgan 21 7 5 0 1 0 1
C Caris LeVert 13 3 1 1 0 0 0
C Max Bielfeldt 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
C- Jon Horford 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J. Bartelstein 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Rodney Williams 29 12 6 2 1 1 2
B+ Andre Hollins 28 14 3 4 1 1 2
B Austin Hollins 29 11 4 3 2 1 1
B Trevor Mbakwe 21 10 8 1 1 1 2
B Joe Coleman 27 11 4 2 2 1 2
C Julian Welch 14 3 2 2 1 0 1
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C Wally Ellenson 8 3 2 0 0 0 0
C M. Ahanmisi 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Oto Osenieks 10 3 2 1 0 0 0
C- Andre Ingram 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
C- Maurice Walker 8 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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