The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  men's basketball second in the Big Ten only to Indiana (84.4). Michigan's average is significant in that the Wolverines have never lost a game under Beilein when scoring 80 points, and they've posted an average very close to that mark. Meanwhile, the Wolverines continue playing very solid defensively for a team so young. They allowed an average of 59.5 points per game through Jan. 21, behind only Wisconsin (55.8), Ohio State (57.9) and Michigan State (58.4) in the conference. That meant Michigan stood second in the league in scoring margin, beating opponents by a very healthy average of 19.8 points per game. Indiana, with an average victory margin of 23.8, represented the only Big Ten team winning by bigger spreads. The Wolverines were still the Big Ten's best shooting squad, through the early part of the conference race. They'd connected on 51.0 percent, with only Indiana (50.2) also above 50 percent. The Hoosiers (41.3 percent) led the Big Ten in three-point shooting, with Michigan second at 41.0 percent. Michigan proved to be the conference's third-best free throw shooting squad through 18 games, connecting at a 71.4 percent clip. Only Indiana (74.3) and Iowa (71.5) were better. Michigan opponents were shooting 40.7 percent against the Wolverines, U-M's field goal defense ranking no better than eighth in the league. Indiana (37.0) led the Big Ten in that depart- 2012-13 Michigan Men's Basketball Schedule DateOpponentTime Nov. 1Northern Michigan (ex.)W, 83-47 Nov. 5 Saginaw Valley State (ex.)W, 76-48 Nov. 9 Slippery RockW, 100-62 NIT Season Tip-Off Nov. 12 IUPUI (1)W, 91-54 Nov. 13 Cleveland State (1)W, 77-47 Nov. 21Pittsburgh (2)W, 67-62 Nov. 23 Kansas State (2)W, 71-57 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 27North Carolina State (3) W, 79-72 Dec. 1 at Bradley Dec. 4Western Michigan Dec. 8 Arkansas Dec. 11Binghamton Dec. 15 vs. West Virginia (4) Dec. 20Eastern Michigan Dec. 29 Central Michigan Jan. 3 at Northwestern Jan. 6 Iowa Jan. 9Nebraska Jan. 13 at Ohio State W, 74-66 W, 73-41 W, 80-67 W, 67-39 W, 81-66 W, 93-54 W, 88-73 W, 94-66 W, 95-67 W, 62-47 L, 56-53 Jan. 17 at Minnesota W, 83-75 Jan. 24Purdue 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Illinois 6 p.m. Jan. 30Northwestern 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Indiana 9 p.m. Feb. 5Ohio State 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at WisconsinNoon Feb. 12 at Michigan State 9 p.m. Feb. 17Penn StateNoon Feb. 24 Illinois 1/4/6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Penn State 6:30 p.m. March 2 Michigan State 5:15 p.m. or March 3 Michigan State 1/4 p.m. March 6 at Purdue 7 p.m. March 10Indiana 1/4/6 p.m. March 14-17 Big Ten Tournament Schedule Legend: (1) NIT Season Tip-Off Michigan Regional, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center); (2) NIT Season Tip-Off Championship, Manhattan, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden); (3) Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center); (4) Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) — first game: Fordham vs. Princeton

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