Michigan vs. Minnesota: Live Score, Updates and Analysis for B1G Game
It did not take the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines long to shake off the sting from their first setback of the 2012-13 season and dominated the No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 83-75 at Williams Arena thanks to a balanced scoring attack.
Junior shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. came out firing for the Wolverines and scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, while sophomore point guard Trey Burke poured in 18 points and dished out nine assists.
Six Wolverines scored at least eight points, including freshman power forward Mitch McGary, who pulled down two offensive rebounds and had three steals in what was his most impressive game since arriving in Ann Arbor.
The Golden Gophers could not overcome the 19-point deficit they fell into when Michigan went on a 13-6 run to open the second half.
Austin Hollins poured in a career-high 21 points and Andre Hollins scored 13 points despite sitting out a majority of the first half with two personal fouls.
Sixth-year senior Trevor Mbakwe recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.
The win keeps Michigan in a tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference. The Golden Gophers dropped their second straight league game and lost to the Wolverines at home for a fourth consecutive time.
There are not too many teams that will be able to beat the Michigan Wolverines when they are firing on all cylinders like they were tonight against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The final score is not indicative of how the Wolverines dominated the Golden Gophers after halftime.
Michigan stretched its lead to 19 points by getting out in transition and forcing Minnesota to defend all the way out on the perimeter, which opened things up for easy back door cuts and several uncontested dunks.
Tim Hardaway Jr. looked more confident than he ever has en rout to scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Trey Burke struggled with his jump shot again, but still totaled 18 points despite only knocking down 5-of-15 field goal attempts.
Freshman big man Mitch McGary played his best game to date and impressed on both ends of the floor.
The Wolverines scored their first victory over a Top 10 team on the road under head coach John Beilein and this win will be a lot bigger than it is now come March when the Big Ten title is being decided.
Michigan played like a national title contender tonight and will return to the Crisler Center to face Purdue next Thursday with a ton of momentum.
After the Minnesota Golden Gophers survived the first half with point guard Andre Hollins on the bench due to foul trouble, they could not find a way to stop the Michigan Wolverines' ball movement and gave up too many uncontested buckets in the opening minutes of the second half.
Despite draining eight-of-16 three-point attempts, the Golden Gophers were undone by 16 turnovers and a dismal night at the free-throw line. Minnesota only managed to convert 17-of-27 freebies.
The Golden Gophers are now 3-2 in Big Ten play and both of their losses have come at the hands of the league's two best teams, Michigan and Indiana.
Minnesota continued its dominance on the boards with 12 offensive rebounds, though it mattered little since the Wolverines were able to shoot 55 percent from the field and the Golden Gophers continued to squander opportunities to close the gap.
Overall, this game is more of a testament to how good Michigan is when it plays to its full potential rather than Minnesota not being worthy of being ranked in the Top 10. This is still a very talented and experienced group of Golden Gophers and they will be in the mix for the Big Ten title until the very end.
Michigan 83, Minnesota 75 - Final Score
Michigan closes out the Golden Gophers at the charity stripe.
Michigan 80, Minnesota 73 - 26.7 seconds remaining
Austin Hollins makes a highlight reel play on a tip-slam as Minnesota tries to hang around in the closing seconds.
Michigan just needs to make its free-throws in the closing seconds to ice this game.
Michigan 78, Minnesota 71 - 46 seconds remaining
Burke splits a pair of freebies, and Minnesota continues to squander opportunities at the rim. The Golden Gophers are also just 17-of-24 at the charity stripe tonight, which is big when you add those misses to the layups Minnesota has clanked as well.
Michigan 77, Minnesota 70 - 1:25 2nd Half
Bad shot there by Burke after Michigan got its own turnover back thanks to a bad pass by the Golden Gophers. Burke should have reset the offense and run clock off.
Instead, Minnesota got a run out and found an open man for a dunk.
Michigan 77, Minnesota 68 - 3:00 2nd Half
Mbakwe commits two straight silly fouls on long rebounds and the Wolverines could pull away for good at the free-throw line.
Hardaway makes one-of-two. Minnesota answers with a tip-in.
I concur with Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com:
More than anything else, Michigan really needs a clean stop.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 18, 2013
Michigan 75, Minnesota 66 - 3:55 2nd Half
Undisciplined play there by Stauskas. Left his feet on Joe Coleman's shot-fake and lands on top him.
Minnesota is very much in this game and has cut Michigan's lead to single digits with stingy defense and a couple of missed opportunities by the Wolverines' shooters.
Michigan 75, Minnesota 66 - 4:20 2nd Half
McGary playing a little out of control on the last two possessions. Took out Mbakwe going for a loose ball after reaching in on a rebound on the previous trip.
Minnesota had the trap it wanted with Stauskas stuck in the corner, but the officials say Williams fouled him. Stauskas hits one-of-two attempts.
Michigan 74, Minnesota 62 - 5:12 2nd Half
Mbakwe has really impressed on both ends of the floor tonight. He swatted Burke for his fifth block of the game and has 11 points for the Golden Gophers.
Michigan 72, Minnesota 59 - 5:51 2nd Half
Matt Vogrich didn't communicate with Hardaway there and his man wound up coming over to double up Michigan's star guard and came up with a steal.
Minnesota continues to apply extended pressure. Defending Michigan out near half-court.
Caris LeVert hits a three, which should keep Minnesota's defense honest on the next trip.
Michigan 69, Minnesota 56 - 6:46 2nd Half
Hardaway catches an inadvertent elbow to the eye and he is a little shaken up. Mbakwe going to the line for Minnesota after drawing a foul on Robinson.
Michigan 66, Minnesota 56 - 7:41 2nd Half
Minnesota is amping up the defensive pressure. Look for a lot of full-court presses from here on out from the Golden Gophers.
Hardaway is forced to call a timeout on the inbounds pass to avoid a five-second call.
Michigan 66, Minnesota 55 - 7:48 2nd Half
Minnesota is back in the game courtesy of an Austin Hollins three-ball, but Andre Hollins picks up a third foul on the inbounds pass and sends Burke to the line.
Burke knocks down both free-throws.
Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis is now aboard the Michigan bandwagon:
This is a miiiiiiiighty impressive display by Michigan. I'm a believer.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 18, 2013
Michigan 64, Minnesota 52 - 8:43 2nd Half
There is nothing Minnesota can do to stop Michigan right now. Spike Albrecht made a nice stutter move to get by Hollins and knocked down a tough floater.
Hollins drains another three to give himself 16 points on the night. Pretty impressive considering he sat out much of the fist half.
It is safe to say ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale is impressed with Michigan tonight:
MICHIGAN = WOW tonight!— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 18, 2013
Michigan 60, Minnesota 45 - 11:24 2nd Half
Hollins has got himself going now following that trey, but Michigan has taken over the lane on offense, which is why the Wolverines have outscored Minnesota 22-12 in the second half.
Michigan 58, Minnesota 39 - 12:16 2nd Half
Solid coast-to-coast drive by Hollins, but it may be far too late for the Golden Gophers.
Stauskas gets in on the dunk fest with a drive to the tin for Michigan.
Michigan 56, Minnesota 37 - 13:48 2nd Half
Minnesota looks undisciplined on defense right now. That's two straight possessions everyone has come up near the top of the key and allowed one of the Wolverines to get an easy drive to the bucket.
Michigan continues to dominate in transition. Nik Stauskas wets a three-pointer after a solid outlet pass from Glenn Robinson III, who throws down a 360 dunk with nobody back to guard the basket following a steal.
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press points out a few of Michigan's highlight reel plays tonight:
Some highlight stuff from U-M tonight. Alley-oops and Burke just found Robinson for a wicked one-hander— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) January 18, 2013
Michigan 47, Minnesota 34 - 15:43 2nd Half
Outstanding rotation and ball movement by Michigan right now. Burke gets an open three off of inside-outside action and Glenn Robinson III comes around a wall for a wide open lane to the basket and stuffs one home for his first points.
It's all Michigan right now. Minnesota needs someone to step up and take command of the game on offense, or it is going to get blown out.
Look for Andre Hollins to come alive after this timeout.
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