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No. 5 Michigan holds on to win at No. 9 Minnesota, 83-75

Jan 17, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

Trey Burke, Julian Welch AP

The matchup of two teams looking to rebound from losses last weekend nearly turned into a laugher, as No. 5 Michigan led by as many as 19 points during the second half.

But No. 9 Minnesota fought back as they did at Indiana last Saturday, cutting the deficit to as low as seven. In the end the turnovers, a 20-7 run to start the second half and Michigan’s shooting proved to be too much to overcome, as the Wolverines left Williams Arena with an 83-75 victory.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led Michigan (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten) with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and Trey Burke added 18 points and nine assists. As a team Michigan shot 54.9% from the field and 10-of-20 from beyond the arc. What also helped Michigan was the fact that they were able to score 24 points off of 15 Golden Gopher turnovers.

“We just turned the ball over and we haven’t been playing defense like we’ve been playing,” said Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe following the loss. “We’ve been having a turnover problem the whole season and it’s kind of catching up to us. You can’t play that way against top teams like Indiana, Michigan. They took advantage of it.”

The final margin in the points off turnovers category was 24-13, with Minnesota being able to fight their way back into the game as they closed the gap in this area. Austin Hollins led four Minnesota (15-3, 3-2) players in double figures with 21 points and Mbakwe tallied a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds.

Minnesota entered the game as one of the nation’s best teams when it came to hitting the offensive glass, as they managed to grab 48% of their missed shots.

The Golden Gophers out-rebounded Michigan 33-25, grabbing 14 offensive boards (46.7% offensive rebounding percentage), but they outscored the Wolverines by a margin of just 12-10 in second chance points.

Jordan Morgan tallied nine points and four rebounds inside for Michigan, which shot better from the field and consistently found better shots than they did in their loss at No. 11 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.

Minnesota, with 15 turnovers that Michigan was able to turn into points on the other end, dug themselves a hole too deep to climb out of. And with the same thing happening in their loss at No. 2 Indiana (17 turnovers that Indiana turned into 27 points), it’s pretty clear what issue Tubby Smith and his team need to address in advance of their trip to Northwestern next Wednesday.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. packhawk04 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    What, no more gopher fans wanna talk smack?

  2. mungman69 - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Yea: those fans have to shut up.

  3. Monarch - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    What no mention of the 360 Dunk by Glenn Robinson III Which put Michigan up by 19 and took the air out of the Barn? Best dunk of the year!

  4. beelza - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Who teabagged Tubby? Wolverines roll Minnesota. The really bad news is Staukas can take dudes off the dribble, make a power move to the rim and 2 hand slam., on the baseline no less. The look on Beilein’s face after that move was like me putting on three year old jeans and finding a crisp hundo in the back pocket.

  5. 49tinakane - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    i’ll jump in here not the biggest gophers bball fan in the world but i do enjoy them…i’ll admit that the gophers were out played the entire game however the game was still in doubt with 3 mins to go…that said it appears that michigan was playing extremely well and couldnt put the gophers away on an off nite…i dont know if that speaks more the the gophers actual strenght being that all 3 losses this year have come to top 5 teams or if michigan isnt as good as they appear to be…dont get me wrong they are good but…makes me think if the gophers were on it could have been a 10 point win instead of a 7 pt loss

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