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Zavier Simpson records triple-double in blowout win over “dream school”

When Zavier Simpson checked out of the game at about the three-minute mark, the crowd that filled Crisler Center on a sub-zero night rose to their feet and chanted his name.

The junior guard — long known for the impact he has on Michigan’s performance that doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet — became the sixth player in the Wolverines’ history to earn a triple-double. Simpson finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

“He’s a tremendous, tremendous player,” said Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann after his Buckeyes lost, 65-49, in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night. “He really is. He deserves a lot of credit for how he impacts winning. I think he just really impacts winning in a lot of ways, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”

And in his 100th consecutive game, against his home state’s team that he grew up rooting for, Simpson finally got a stat-sheet reward for the work he puts into Michigan basketball.

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