Michigan Basketball remained perfect (11-0) with a 81-66 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 52 points to lead the Wolverines.
2. Tim Hardaway Jr. poured in a season-high 25 points, hauled down 4 rebounds and had 4 assists. Most importantly, Hardaway Jr. shot the ball efficiently (7-12 from the field).
3. Glenn Robinson III had another strong all-around game. He led Michigan with 7 rebounds and scored 8 points. Robinson III also notched 2 blocks, 1 assist and 1 steal.
3 Key Stats
1. Michigan shot 56% from the field
2. Michigan’s defense harrassed West Virginia into shooting just 39% from the field. The Mountaineers were an abysmal 27% in the second half.
3. Tim Hardaway Jr. was 7-12 from the field, 7–8 from the free throw line and 4-8 from three-point range. When he gets on a roll, the Wolverines are very hard to beat.
How the game was won
Trey Burke was sensational. In the first half, Michigan had 16 field goals, Burke made 8 of them and dished out the assist on 5 others. He dominated the game with his poise and superior performance. Powered by Burke, Michigan went on an early 19-4 run to take a 24-7 lead. West Virginia battled back and cut the lead to 11 points at halftime. The Wolverines responded with a 9-2 run to open the second half and stretched their lead out to 18 points.
The Wolverines were excellent on the defensive end holding West Virginia to 61 points and 39% shooting. Michigan notched 8 steals in the game and out-rebounded the Mountaineers 32-29.
Michigan flexed their muscle, athleticism and superior talent. When West Virginia made their runs there was never a sense that Michigan was in any trouble. There is no panic in this team
News and notes
Michigan is 11-0 for the first time since the 1988-89 season. It’s the first time in John Beilein’s 35 year coaching career that one of his teams has started the season 11-0.
Jon Horford dislocated his left knee cap for the second time this season.
Nik Stauskas had a rough game with 6 turnovers, a technical foul – for allegedly showboating after a made three-ball – and was just 2-7 from three-point range. He bounced one of his three-point attempts off the side of the backboard and was erroneously called for traveling after making a great move to get in the lane. . The heady freshman will certainly learn and grow from this experience.
Despite his struggles, Stauskas finished with 10 points and has reached double-digits in scoring in each of the last 10 games.
For just the second time this season, Michigan had more turnovers (14) than assists (13).
Michigan will play finish up the non-conference portion of their schedule with home games against Eastern Michigan (12/20) and Central Michigan (12/29). Big Ten play will begin at Northwestern on January 3rd. Speaking of the Wildcats they have lost Drew Crawford for the remainder of the season after he underwent shoulder surgery.
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