Suddenly, Michigan isn't a rebuilding team.
DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 28 points, leading the Wolverines to an 81-73 victory over No. 4 Duke yesterday in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines (6-2) beat then-No. 4 UCLA last month before losing, 71-56, to the Blue Devils in the 2K Sports Classic final.
Duke (8-1) made just three of 27 three-point attempts yesterday before connecting on four in a row to trim its deficit to four points in the final minute. Michigan made enough free throws to seal the upset, and hundreds of fans from the announced sellout crowd rushed the court.
Manny Harris scored 17 points for the Wolverines and reserve freshman Zack Novak had a season-high 14, connecting on consecutive three-pointers to give them the lead for good with 7 1/2 minutes left. Sims, a junior forward, matched a career high with 12 rebounds.
"I still think it's a rebuilding year," Sims insisted. "Even though we've had two big wins, we've also lost two games. It definitely says we're executing."
Jon Scheyer scored 16 points for the Blue Devils, while Kyle Singler, who was 1-for-9 on threes, had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Duke had won 31 straight games against unranked nonconference opponents dating to a loss against Georgetown on Jan. 21, 2006.
Michigan was coming off a 75-70 loss at Maryland on Wednesday.
No. 22 Davidson 72, North Carolina State 67: : Stephen Curry matched his career high with 44 points, including a 30-footer with just more than a minute left and two clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds to go, to lift the Wildcats (6-1) over the Wolfpack (4-1) in Charlotte, N.C.
After being held scoreless for the first time in his career 11 days ago thanks to a bizarre double-team strategy by Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos, Curry scored Davidson's final 10 points.
Ohio State 67, No. 7 Notre Dame 62: : Evan Turner scored a career-high 28 points and the Buckeyes (5-0) recorded their second straight upset of a ranked opponent with a win over the Fighting Irish (6-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State was coming off a 73-68 upset win at No. 21 Miami.
Luke Harangody, who had missed the previous two games with pneumonia, led Notre Dame with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
No. 5 Gonzaga 70, Indiana 54: : Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points as the Bulldogs (6-0) won the first basketball game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, beating the Hoosiers (4-4).
No. 15 Wake Forest 81, Bucknell 52: : Jeff Teague scored 26 points to lead the host Demon Deacons (8-0) over the Bison (1-6).
No. 20 Georgetown 73, American 49: : Chris Wright was 8-for-10 from the field and scored a career-high 22 points for the host Hoyas (5-1), who routed the Eagles (4-4). DaJuan Summers (McDonogh) added 14 points for Georgetown.
No. 21 Miami 73, Kentucky 67: : Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) scored 23 points as the visiting Hurricanes (5-2) defeated the Wildcats (5-3).
Arkansas-Little Rock 65, No. 19 Oklahoma State 51: : Chastity Reed scored 18 points to lead the host Trojans (6-1) past the Cowgirls (3-2).
No. 3 California 75, Princeton 53: : Ashley Walker scored 21 points and the host Golden Bears (7-0) beat the Tigers (3-3) in the Collier's International Classic.
No. 18 Ohio State 69, Nebraska 65: : Jantel Lavender's three-point play with 21.6 seconds remaining put the visiting Buckeyes (7-2) ahead for good as they rallied to beat the Cornhuskers (6-2).
No. 22 Texas Christian 73, Saint Louis 59: : Helena Svettisdottir had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Frogs (7-2) beat the Billikens (2-5) in the Collier's International Classic in Berkeley, Calif.