Michigan Basketball Single Season Assist Leaders

With 5 assists in last nights 72-61 win over Illinois, Trey Burke broke Gary Grant’s 27 year old freshmen season assist record. Burke now has 143 on the season, Grant had 140 in 1984-85. Burke now stands 17th overall, in Wolverines’ single season history, also surpassed Jalen Rose’s best assist season total of 140 during the 1992-93 campaign. Rose was on hand to announce the game and gave compliments throughout to the freshman from Columbus, OH.

Last week Trey Burke broke Gary Grant’s 27 year old freshmen record of 140 assists in a season. With one assist vs. Penn State on Sunday Trey Burke is still in 17th place on the Single Season Michigan assist record book heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Every game through the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments counts toward this statistical total. Taking an estimate of Michigan playing 4 more games would result in Burke finishing with 18 or 19 more assists (per his average), which would place him 10th in the record books.

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Michigan’s Single Season Assist Records:

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A Split During Livestock Week

By Basketball Writer: Drew Montag

It was Livestock Week for the (#19) University of Michigan men’s basketball team last week.  They played the “cows” (Michigan State) and the “hogs” (Arkansas), and they won one and lost one.  On Tuesday (01/17/2012) they beat (#9) MSU 60-59 in Crisler Arena, thenon Saturday (01/21/2012) they lost at Arkansas 66-64.  This brings Michigan’s record to 15-5 (5-2 in the Big Ten).

Both games were exciting, and both games came down to the visiting team taking the last shot with a chance to win the game.  Trey Burke - Grantland.comIn both games, the last-ditch shots failed.  In the MSU game, our old buddy Draymond Green missed a runner with about 2 seconds left, and his follow-up tip-in attempt also missed, even though it wouldn’t have counted anyway, since the horn had already sounded.  In the Arkansas game, Trey Burke got off a good 3-point attempt at the buzzer, and it rimmed out.

UM played a very good game vs. the Farmers Spartans, getting ahead early and keeping a comfortable lead for most of the game.  After leading by 7 points (36-29) at halftime, Michigan pushed the lead up as high as 11 points (47-36) with about 12 minutes left in the game.  Everyone knew that MSU would have a run at some point in the game, and this was the point.  State went on a 16-2 run, and led 52-49 with 5:47 left to play.  The rest of the game was very tense, with UM recapturing the lead with 37 seconds left, and MSU holding for the last shot, which didn’t go in.  When the final horn sounded, the place exploded, and a certain usher in the upper bowl might have behaved less than professionally.

Oh yeah, in case you haven’t heard, Michigan has beaten MSU 3 times in a row now in basketball.

The good news here is that Michigan won a big rivalry game, and looked good doing it.  They are also tied for 1st place in the Big Ten.  The bad news is that UM has had one of the easiest Big Ten schedules so far, and they play most of their remaining games on the road, or against the other contenders, or both.

The Arkansas game was the exact opposite of the MSU game: Michigan got down early, fell way behind, and spent the whole game playing “catch-up”.  Arkansas started the game as hot as any team I have ever seen.  They hit their first 11 shots, including a few 3-pointers, and built up a 20-point lead midway through the 1st half.  Michigan never gave up, and they managed to close the gap to “only” 13 points at halftime (46-33).  They kept scrapping and clawing, and got within 2 points a few times in the closing minutes of the game, including the final 7.6 seconds.  Burke got open, took the shot, and … oh well.

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The 5th Edition of the Michigan End Around

Desmond Howard recently did an interview with the Orlando Sentinel and talked about his new book:

“It was comfortable. It’s not your typical book. What it is is a book that’s filled with a lot of pictures and stories about my career at Michigan and some of my childhood and some of my post career too. But the main focus is my career at Michigan. It’s called, ‘I Wore 21.’ It’s coming out September 10, the same day Michigan plays Notre Dame. So it’s a lot of coaches, former players and opponents as well as friends I grew up with along with people from all walks of life … to be honest with you, there are some people who told some stories about me in that book that are going to really surprise some people. … Some never seen photos from myself and my family and some of my friends. It talks about how I became the person that I did at the University of Michigan.”

ESPN’s College Gameday will air at Ingalls Mall from nine to noon on September 10th before the Notre Dame game.

Dhani Jones’ new show “LiveBig” will premiere on the Big Ten Network on October 3rd.

Dylan, UMHoops.com, previews his basketball players poised to breakout this season.

On his day with the Stanley Cup, Boston Bruin’s Steve Kampfer brought it home to Yost Ice Arena.

A New Highlight Video has recently been released highlighting Carlton Brundidge senior year playoff highlights:

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