Michigan Basketball: Wolverines' 5-Best Single-Game Performances in Past Decade
The Michigan basketball program has enjoyed quite a run in the last decade, and along the way it has seen some of its players (Trey Burke, Manny Harris, etc.) explode for some breathtaking single-game performances.
Whether it's high-scoring outbursts, triple-doubles or big performances in the NCAA tournament, it's all covered in this slideshow.
So what follows here are the five-best single-game performances by Michigan players in the past decade. This subjective list consists of players who put up jaw-dropping stats and/or came up huge in the clutch.
Mitch McGary vs. Kansas (2013 NCAA regional semifinals) March 29, 2013: 25 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.
Graham Brown at Indiana January 3, 2006: Eight points, 21 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.
Daniel Horton vs. Indiana March 4, 2006: 34 points, four rebounds, two steals and one block; at Minnesota January 21, 2006: 32 points, three rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block.
Courtney Sims vs. Ohio State February 9, 2006: 26 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and four blocks; vs. Iowa January 31, 2007: 29 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks; vs. Delaware State December 7, 2005: 33 points, 13 rebounds and one block.
DeShawn Sims vs. Duke December 6, 2008: 28 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Manny Harris vs. Michigan Tech November 11, 2008: 30 points, seven rebounds and two assists; vs. North Carolina Central December 29, 2008: 29 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.
Tim Hardaway Jr. at Iowa February 19, 2011: 30 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Trey Burke vs. Minnesota March 9, 2012 (Big 10 Tournament): 30 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
5. Darius Morris vs. Iowa, Jan. 30, 2011
12 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals
Darius Morris has to be commended for his triple-double (the third Michigan player to do so—and, as a tease, the second player to amass a triple-double is also mentioned on this list) against Iowa on January 30, 2011.
Although he didn't score all that much (12 points on 5-of-9 shooting) in the game, Morris did a little bit of everything by adding 10 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in the Wolverines' 87-73 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Morris went on to have himself a solid yet underrated career, but Michigan fans will forever remember this game as one of the best of the past 10 years.
4. DeShawn Sims vs. Florida Gulf Coast, December 22, 2008
20 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block
While his game against Duke on December 6, 2008 (which was part of the honorable mentions list) is perhaps more noteworthy because of the opponent and result (an 81-73 victory over the then No. 4-ranked Blue Devils), DeShawn Sims' best game has to be his game against Florida Gulf Coast which occurred a few weeks later in the season.
After all, not many people can put up a 20-20 line.
Sims was absolutely a beast in both scoring the ball and attacking the glass against Florida Gulf Coast. Prior to Sims' performance, you have to go back 37 years to find the last Wolverine to have a 20-20 outing. (Phil Hubbard accomplished the feat against Detroit in the 1977 NCAA tournament when he scored 22 points and grabbed 26 rebounds.)
Considering the scarcity of a 20-20 outing, Sims will go down in Michigan lore for doing something even Michigan legends like Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Loy Vaught, etc. could never do.
3. Manny Harris vs. Northern Michigan, November 14, 2009
18 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal
Albeit it was against a Division II school, Manny Harris has to be rewarded here for his dazzling triple-double line against Northern Michigan on November 14, 2009.
In a 97-50 romp, Harris was all over the court and racked up Michigan's second ever triple-double (this was prior to when Morris recorded his), recording 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Prior to Harris' triple-double, the last Wolverine to pull it off was Gary Grant against North Carolina in the 1987 NCAA tournament.
Harris had a fine overall career in Ann Arbor, and this game was the perfect example of the kind of player he was.
2. Daniel Horton vs. Illinois, February 21, 2006
39 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals
Over the past decade, no Wolverine has come close—well, except maybe himself—to posting the single-game point total Daniel Horton put up on February 21, 2006 against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Horton was simply on the mark this night, scoring a career-high 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field while going 8-of-8 from the free-throw line and 5-of-7 from three-point territory. All told, his 39 points were the driving force in the upset win over then No. 8-ranked Illini.
Simply put, Horton could light up a scoreboard, and his 1,614 career points rank 12th in Michigan basketball history.
1. Trey Burke vs. Kansas (2013 NCAA Regional Semifinals), March 29, 2013
23 points, two rebounds, 10 assists and one steal
Although he didn't record a triple-double or score over 30 points, Trey Burke's game against No. 1 seed Kansas in the 2013 NCAA tournament regional semifinals was the perfect combination of impressive stats (he did have a double-double after all) and clutch skills.
Shut out at half, Burke still gets the top spot here for his one incredible half (and overtime) of basketball.
Who can forget Burke's deep three-pointer to force the game into overtime against the Jayhawks (check video above to relive history)? A game, of course, won by the Wolverines, 87-85, which put them into the Elite Eight.
Burke scored all 23 of his points in the second half and absolutely willed Michigan to the win. You have to remember the Wolverines were down by 14 with less than seven minutes to go and also down by five with 21 seconds left. Burke just refused to lose and had a game that will go down in the annals of Michigan basketball history.
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