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Michigan 74, Minnesota 69: Ugly Outing, Pretty Result

It was far from a banner night offensively, but the Wolverines were able to notch win No. 14 on the season.

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Michigan Basketball edged out the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 74-69 at Crisler Center on Wednesday evening.

Despite entering tonight's game as a heavy favorite, the Wolverines (14-5, 4-2 B1G) did not have a great offensive showing, but it would not end up mattering against the Gophers, who remain winless in conference play through seven games.

Michigan was led by Derrick Walton's 22 points and six rebounds, while Zak Irvin continued his strong play with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

One of the biggest reasons the Wolverines were unable to really run things up against Minnesota had to do with Duncan Robinson's performance. He had one of his worst offensive games of the year, finishing with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.

Overall, Michigan shot 35 percent from the floor and had only nine assists on 23 made baskets.

Nate Mason led the Gophers with 25 points.

Hats off to Minnesota, but Michigan just did not play its best basketball on Wednesday following a tough stretch of conference games. Regardless, they were never in real danger to lose the game.

The Wolverines next travel to Nebraska, who upset No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday. They will need a much better effort to leave Lincoln with a victory.