7:15 PM ET, March 21, 2013
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Nik Stauskas shoots 45 percent from 3-point range, and Tim Hardaway Jr. is at 37 percent. Chad White and Jordan Dykstra are both at 43 percent for the Jackrabbits.Michigan (26-7) allows opponents to shoot 13 free throws per game, the fewest in the nation. South Dakota State is next on that list at 13.4. Michigan turns the ball over only 9.2 times per game, also the lowest figure in the country. South Dakota State is sixth at 10.4."They're like an amoeba with their offense. They do so many different things that you can't really organize for," Beilein said. "They are in motion, and then they're hitting with these quick striking things which we're saying, `They can't have planned that."South Dakota State (25-9) made the NCAA tournament last year for the first time as a Division I team, losing by eight to Baylor."Last year was a first time for all of us. We'd just experienced the NCAA tournament by watching on TV -- then last year, it was our first year," forward Tony Fiegen said. "Kind of the bright lights, the big stage, it was kind of new for all of us."That won't be the case for the Jackrabbits this time.The Wolverines are approaching this tournament with some urgency. Michigan was a No. 4 seed last year too, and the Wolverines lost their tournament opener to Ohio.Michigan was ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier this season, but struggled a bit down the stretch against a rugged Big Ten schedule. Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are all contributing as freshmen, but the Wolverines could lose Burke to the NBA -- a move he considered making last year.Expectations are higher at Michigan than they've been in a while, which means there's pressure to make a longer postseason run in 2013 -- especially with the team playing so close to home."No room in the margin this late in the season," Burke said. "(Thursday) could be our last game if we don't come out and execute the way we know we can."
|Avg Points Allowed||65.6||62.9|
|Conference||Summit League||Big Ten|
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