Michigan-Arkansas Preview 1-20-12

(AP) — An emotional victory over its biggest conference rival could give Michigan the momentum it needs to improve its play on the road.

The No. 20 Wolverines look to build on their latest win and avoid a third consecutive road loss when they step out of the Big Ten to face Arkansas on Saturday.

Coming off an embarrassing 75-59 loss at Iowa last Saturday, Michigan (15-4) benefited from a vocal home crowd to edge rival and ninth-ranked Michigan State 60-59 on Tuesday. Stu Douglass took a pass from point guard Trey Burke and made the winning layup with 36.5 seconds left to help the Wolverines improve to 5-2 in the Big Ten and 12-0 at home.

While the outcome was ultimately the most important part, the Wolverines showed major improvement by shooting 51.1 percent after not making more than 39.6 percent of their shots in any of their previous three contests.

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