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November 27, 2012

NC State faces stiffest test at No. 3 Michigan

Michigan successfully navigated through its first test of the season this past week. It won't have to wait long for its next one.

The third-ranked Wolverines will try to continue their best start in six seasons tonight when they welcome No. 18 North Carolina State to the Crisler Center as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

After winning its first three games by a combined 105 points, Michigan got some stiffer competition during the final two games of NIT Season Tipoff in New York. The Wolverines (5-0) held off Pittsburgh for a 67-62 win last Wednesday and used Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting for a 71-57 victory over Kansas State in Friday's championship game.

Hardaway, though, was also kneed in the head with less than four minutes remaining, but Michigan trainer John DoRosario said the junior passed his concussion tests. He later returned to the bench to celebrate with his teammates and accept the tournament's MVP award.

No other Michigan player scored more than 10 points Friday, but Glenn Robinson III had 12 rebounds and helped the Wolverines post a 42-30 advantage on the boards.

"The season is a marathon. This is maybe the first 400 yards or something of that marathon, but we ran it well," coach John Beilein said. "I think it's important that we're heading in the right direction."

The Wolverines will try to keep their momentum going and move a step closer to matching their 7-0 start from 2006-07.

"We've got to go prove it again," Beilein said. "They're not going to care that we won the (NIT) championship. We've got to perform again."

The season-opening winning streak from six years ago was snapped with a 74-67 loss at North Carolina State, the last meeting between the programs.

The Wolfpack (4-1), who have lost four straight in the Challenge since beating Michigan, were routed 76-56 by Oklahoma State in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Nov. 18 and gave a largely uninspiring effort in an 82-80 home victory over UNC Asheville on Friday.

They trailed nearly the entire game before Richard Howell hit the go-ahead basket with 3:06 left. The senior forward finished with season highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds.

Lorenzo Brown also posted his best scoring performance of the season (18 points) and C.J. Leslie recorded his first double-double of the year (14 points, 11 rebounds). Those performances, however, did little to quell coach Mark Gottfried's frustration.

"We've got to be better," Gottfried said. "We've got to be better defensively. We've got to develop better chemistry amongst our team. We've got to develop a team spirit that is all about winning — period. Nothing else.

"If we do that, we've got a chance to be a good team. If we don't, then we're just another team out there playing."

NC State lost 68-61 during its most recent visit to Ann Arbor on Dec. 2, 2003, and is 5-7 all-time in the Challenge. Michigan has a 4-7 mark in the conferences' annual event, and also trails 2-3 in the all-time series with the Wolfpack, but has played four of those games on the road.

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Game facts

No. 18 NC State (4-1) at No. 3 Michigan (5-0)

Game time: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. — Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Television: ESPN

Probable starters

NC State
PG — 2 Lorenzo Brown (6-5, 186, Jr., 11.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.2 spg)
SG — 0 Rodney Purvis (6-2, 195, Fr., 10.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg)
SF — 15 Scott Wood (6-6, 169, Sr., 10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.4 apg)
PF — 5 C.J. Leslie (6-9, 200, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)
C — 1 Richard Howell (6-8, 257, Sr., 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg)

PG — 3 Trey Burke (6-0, 190, Soph., 16.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.8 apg)
SG — 10 Tim Hardaway Jr. (6-6, 205, Jr., 18.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G — 13 Matt Vogrich (6-4, 200, Sr., 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.6 apg)
PF — 1 Glenn Robinson III (6-6, 210, Fr., 12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg)
C — 52 Jordan Morgan (6-8, 250, Jr., 5.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.6 apg)


Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Nickname: Wolverines

2011-12 record: 24-10, 13-5 Big Ten

2012 postseason: Lost 65-60 to Ohio in first game of the NCAA Tournament

Coach: John Beilein sixth season at Michigan (96-77) and 35th overall (647-395)

Series: NC State leads 3-2

Last meeting: NC State won 74-67 on Nov. 27, 2006


Michigan: Three of Michigan's players have ties to the NBA — junior wing Tim Hardaway Jr., sophomore power forward/center Jon Horford and freshman forward Glenn Robinson III. Hardaway's dad by the same name was an elite point guard, who was a first-round draft pick out of UTEP by the Golden State Warriors, and also played for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers. Horford's dad, Tito Horford, was a second round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks after going pro early out of Miami (Fla.), and he lasted three years in the league. Jon Horford's brother is Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, who was a lottery pick out of Florida. Robinson's father by the same name was the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1994 out of Purdue. He also played for the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs before retiring in 2005 … Hardaway Jr. had 23 points and seven rebounds against Kansas State on Nov. 23, and 16 points in the win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 21. He poured in a career-high 30 against Iowa his freshman season, and had a season-high 26 against Penn State last year … Sophomore point guard Trey Burke was perhaps the biggest freshman surprise last year in averaging 14.8 points and 4.6 assists per game. Burke had a combined 57 points in two games against Minnesota last year, including a career-high 30. He scored in double figures in all but four games … NC State evaluated freshman wing Nick Stauskas and offered freshman post player Mitch McGary. Stauskas, a Canadian, comes off the bench on the wing for Vogrich and is averaging 11.6 points and shooting 58.8 percent from three-point land. He played for the same traveling program, Grassroots Canada, which produced former NC State point guard Alex Johnson. McGary also comes off the bench at 6-10 and 250 pounds, and is averaging 5.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. He played at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy last year with NCSU freshman forward T.J. Warren. McGary also hails from the same traveling program, SYF Players, which produced NC State senior wing Scott Wood and former Wolfpack guard Julius Mays, who now plays for Kentucky.

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