Saturday, January 25, 2014
Michigan wins third straight vs. top-10 team
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Michigan Wolverines continued their recent run, winning on the road against in-state rival No. 3 Michigan State.
With the win against the third-ranked team in the nation, Michigan became the first school to win three straight regular season games all against top-10 schools since Iowa in January 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
That year, the Hawkeyes defeated No. 8 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue and No. 3 Indiana.
And keep in mind, prior to Jan. 18, Michigan hadn't won a road game at a top-five opponent since 1964, when it won at fifth-ranked Duke.
The Wolverines had lost 36 straight road games at top-five opponents since then. But in the last week, they have defeated a pair of top-five teams -- No. 3 Wisconsin last week and third-ranked Michigan State on Saturday.
Two areas helped key the Wolverines victory: second-chance points and slowing the Spartans in transition.
Michigan scored 15 second-chance points, the most allowed by Michigan State this season. Michigan came into the game averaging 9.8 second-chance points per game, third fewest in the Big Ten.
And after allowing 11 points in transition in the first half, Michigan held the Spartans to five transition points in the second half. Entering Saturday, Michigan had allowed 10.5 points in transition per game on the season.
Michigan has won nine straight overall after a 6-4 start, and is the lone remaining undefeated team in Big Ten play at 7-0.
Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. led the way for Michigan with 19 points each. It was a notable outburst for Stauskas, who totaled just 10 points in his previous two career games against Michigan State.
Stauskas scored 12 of his 19 points off catch-and-shoot field goals Saturday, making four of five such shots. Coming into the game, Stauskas had made 49 percent of catch-and-shoot attempts, fourth in the Big Ten (minimum 20 attempts).
Michigan improved to 20-1 the past two seasons when Stauskas (who made 7 of 12 from the field) makes at least half of his field goal attempts.