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Michigan heads to East Lansing for first top-10 matchup in rivalry history

By Colleen Thomas, Daily Sports Editor
Published February 11, 2013

Nix and Payne are often in the game together, and their height and strength will be difficult for Michigan to match up against, as the Wolverines aren’t expected to have redshirt junior Jordan Morgan playing significant minutes on Tuesday.

In addition, the Wolverines haven’t always been a strong rebounding team and have struggled keeping up on the boards against more physical big men. McGary and Horford have given Michigan viable options in lieu of Morgan, but McGary’s inexperience and a lack of a strong defensive presence are where the Wolverine big men struggle.

“It’s very important to stop their bigs,” said junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. “They do a good job of scoring in the low post with Nix, Payne and Dawson. A lot of their points come off second-chance shots, so once the shot goes up, we have to do a great job being physical and boxing them out and limit them to one-shot opportunities. They’re a great offensive rebounding team, so we just got to do a great job helping our bigs out.”