The #2 ranked Michigan basketball team (12-0) continued its flawless stretch of basketball with another dominant win, this time over Eastern Michigan (6-4), 93-54.
3 Stars of the Game
- Tim Hardaway, Jr. – Hardaway dished out a career-high 7 assists in a dynamite all-around game. TH2 scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards, and added 2 steals and an emphatic block to his line.
- Mitch McGary – Monster recorded the first of what will be many double-doubles in his Michigan career. He had 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. This is the 2nd time in the last 3 games that McGary has recorded double digit rebounds.
- Trey Burke – Burke only shot 5-14 from the floor, finally cooling off after a sizzling stretch. Regardless, he put up 8 assists to just 1 turnover while adding 11 points to his totals.
3 Key Stats
- Michigan shot 12-24 from 3-point range on the night. Take away a combined 2-10 effort from Hardaway and Burke, and the rest of the team was 10-14.
- 11 Michigan players got into the scoring column in this one. Matt Vogrich was the only player who logged minutes that failed to drop a bucket.
- Michigan out-rebounded Eastern Michigan 43-28, including a 16-11 edge on the offensive glass.
How the game was won
There was some concern coming into the game that Michigan hadn’t been as efficient against opposing zone defenses. I think that can be put to bed now. Trey Burke had the Eagles’ defense on a string all night long.
Eastern actually jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead and were feeling good about a decent start. Michigan responded with a 20-0 run as they easily put the Eagles into submission. The Wolverines were able to score inside and out impose their will against an inferior opponent, as they should.
News and Notes
Michigan won the turnover battle 11-18.
The Wolverines committed just 7 fouls on the night, another area of strength for this team.
Caris LeVert is growing by leaps and bounds with each passing game. He is looking for his shot more and more and beginning to become a true difference-maker on defense. LeVert had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in what was easily his best game of the season.
Nik Stauskas shot 5-8 from 3-point range to steer him toward 16 points and he also added 5 rebounds. That gives him 34 made 3-pointers in the team’s first 11 games.
Max Bielfeldt stepped in as the 3rd big man with Jon Horford out with a knee injury and played well. Max had 2 points, 3 boards (all offensive), and 2 assists.
Michigan will take a week and a half off from game action during the Christmas break. They return to the Crisler Center next Saturday the 29th at 7 pm against Central Michigan. That game will mark the end of the non-conference portion of Michigan’s schedule and officially usher in the beginning of what promises to be a white-knuckle Big Ten season.
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