U-M Dismantles Tennessee 75-45

The Michigan basketball team advanced to the round of 32 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament with a 75-45 win over Tennessee on Friday. Michigan was led by Zack Novak's double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. UM had four other scorers in double digits.

Charlotte, N.C. - The Michigan basketball team used a 16-0 run in the second half to down the No. 9-seeded Tennessee Volunteers 75-45 in the most lopsided eight versus nine game in NCAA Tournament history.

Up 33-29 at halftime, Michigan, after trading buckets with UT to start the second half, exploded to stretch the lead to 52-31 on the run. Jordan Morgan opened the run with a pair of layups to make the score 40-31. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Stu Douglass then scored from in the paint sandwiched around back-to-back Zack Novak triples.

Trae Golden scored the next six Tennessee points, but the damage had already been done. Tennessee got no closer than 16 points the remainder of the contest.

With 5:51 remaining Stu Douglass made it 65-40 beating his man off the dribble and finishing at the bucket. He added five more on Michigan's next two possessions to build a 30-point advantage at 70-40. The teams traded buckets the final minutes.

In the first half the Wolverines started slow before surging to a minimal halftime lead.

Michigan and Tennessee matched each other offensively to the tune of 13-13 halfway through the first 20 minutes. Then Tobias Harris took over for Tennessee. Harris didn't miss in the first half, the stanza which saw him score all of his 19 points.

Harris scored five straight to make it 20-17 Tennessee, then a Cameron Tatum layup and Scotty Hopson free throw gave Tennessee its' biggest lead, a 23-17 margin.

Michigan answered with a 10-0 run to climb back on top before the half. Novak snapped U-M's drought with a layup and Matt Vogrich and Evan Smotrycz both drained three-pointers. Douglass and Darius Morris then scored before the half to give U-M a 33-29 edge.

With the win the Wolverines advance to the round of 32 to meet the winner of No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton on Sunday.

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