Michigan 83, Minnesota 75

Dylan Burkhardt

imageMichigan hit the road for Minneapolis needing to make a statement after a disappointing loss at Ohio State and managed to do just that. The Golden Gophers gave the Wolverines a fight but Michigan was able to keep No. 9 ranked Minnesota at arm’s length for 30 minutes before prevailing with a pivotal road win.

Tim Hardaway Jr. stole the show in the first half, scoring 17 first half points before finishing with 20, while  Trey Burke (15), Nik Stauskas (11) and Glenn Robinson III (10) joined him in double figures.

Michigan’s offense was the lethally efficient once again, to the tune of 1.29 points per possession. Although the Wolverines appeared ready to turn the second half into a personal highlight film – Glenn Robinson III took top prize with a 360 dunk (click for video) – but Minnesota answered the bell. The Gophers cut into Michigan’ 19 point lead, chopping it to as few as seven points before the Wolverines prevailed with a 83-75 win.

  • Bigrange

    Great, and so important road win tonight. Minnesota wasn’t going to give up, but it was good to see this young Wolverine team hold them off and take care of business. Keep winning th home games and steal some more on the road.

  • Mandingo

    Best win of the season by several orders of magnitude. I didn’t expect UM even to pull it out, much less to blow the doors open. This should also be a great learning experience for the freshmen, given the extremely physical play from the Gophers. Minnesota really are beasts on the offensive boards. Michigan still seems to get a little gun shy when they get big leads on good teams and can let them back into games, but with such a young team, that’s hard to avoid. And Michigan did a better job of holding this lead this time, in a much more difficult environment, than they did earlier in the season with Pitt and NC State. Great stuff all around.

  • rlcBlue

    So after 2 minutes on Sunday, no Horford tonight. Did his knee swell up again?

  • DingoBlue

    Really good win, really glad they have a week off to rest after that. In other news, looks like NW is going to beat Illinois at Illinois. I’m beginning to feel that this season for the Illini is very familiar….

  • Mattski

    Hadn’t beaten a top-ten team on the road since 96. Huge victory, among the very biggest of Beilein’s tenure. The poise down the stretch was impressive.