CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20: Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines reacts in the first half while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Maui Invitational: Michigan Tops UCLA For Third Place

Michigan defeated UCLA by a score of 79-63 for third place in the 2011 Maui Invitational.

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Michigan Vs. UCLA Final Score: Wolverines Beat Bruins 79-63 in Maui Invitational

The Michigan Wolverines placed a respectable third in the Maui Invitational after easily topping the UCLA Bruins 79-63 on Wednesday night.

Guards Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. ruled the night for Michigan, scoring 22 and 20 points respectively. Hardaway Jr. had probably his best all-around game of the season, making 8-13 field goals while adding four rebounds and four assists to go with his 20 points.

UCLA took a quick 8-6 lead early on, but that was followed by an 11-0 run by Michigan, and the Wolverines never looked back. Michigan shot 61.7 % from the field compared to just 41.8 % for the Bruins.

Michigan heads back to the continental United States with a 4-1 record and an impending trip all the way across the country to face the Virginia Cavaliers on Nov. 29. Meanwhile, UCLA, whose starters only totaled 23 points in the game against Michigan, leaves Hawaii with a 1-4 record on the season after only managing a win against Chaminade in its opening game.


Michigan Vs. Duke Final Score: Wolverines Fall To Blue Devils 82-75 In Maui Invitational

In a battle of undefeated teams, a sluggish start doomed No. 15 Michigan, who could not keep up with sixth ranked Duke, falling 82-75 in the Maui Invitational.

The Blue Devils started the game on a 9-0 run and carried a 34-22 lead into halftime, so even as Michigan outscored them 53-48 in the second half and made a late run led by Tim Hardaway Jr. in the final minutes, the early deficit proved too much to overcome.

Duke guards Seth Curry and Austin Rivers led the way for the Blue Devils, lighting up the Wolverines for 20 points each. Curry was particularly devastating to Michigan, making all four of his three-pointers and hitting 7-8 shots overall from the field.

While Michigan dropped its first game, the night was not a total loss, as freshman guard Trey Burke was mostly up for the challenge of playing of in a high-profile matchup early against the hyped Duke guards, hitting for a career-high 17 points along with eight assists. Sophomore forward Jordan Morgan also impressed for Michigan, shooting 6-7 for 12 points. Hardaway Jr. recovered from a slow start to to lead Michigan with 19 points.

With the loss, Michigan falls to 4-1 and on Wednesday will face the loser of the Kansas/UCLA game, who face off later tonight. The win pushes Duke to 6-0, and they will face the winner of Kansas/UCLA.


Michigan Vs. Memphis Final Score: Wolverines Roll In Maui Invitational Opener, 73-61

The Michigan Wolverines were able to pull off a bit of an upset at the Maui Invitational on Monday afternoon as the 15th-ranked Wolverines defeated the No. 8 ranked Memphis Tigers in the opening round of the tournament. The backcourt unsurprisingly led the way to the 73-61 victory.

Michigan got an impressive performance out of Tim Hardaway Jr. as the guard shot 6-of-12 from the field and hit nine of his 10 free-throw attempts to score a game-high 21 points. The sophomore also added seven rebounds and five assists to help the Wolverines advance to the next round for a match-up with the winner of Monday night's game between the Duke Blue Devils and Tennessee Volunteers.

Aside from Hardaway, the Wolverines got strong performances from a couple of their other starters. Freshman Trey Burke, starting at point guard, scored 14 points and contributed four assists while Evan Smotrycz scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Wolverines will be familiar with their Tuesday opponent regardless of whether Duke or Tennessee wins on Monday night. Michigan beat Tennessee in last year's NCAA Tournament before eventually being dispatched by the Blue Devils.

The Tigers had just one player score in double figures as they were stymied by John Beilein's defensive sets throughout most of the game. Senior guard Charles Carmouche scored 14 points and added five rebounds to pace Memphis in both categories. Will Barton and Joe Jackson, the remainder of the Tigers' backcourt trio, connected on just six of their 22 shot attempts from the field.

Make sure to check back in to this StoryStream throughout the Maui Invitational for full coverage of the tournament. For tournament pairings, make sure to check out the Maui Invitational bracket as well.

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