No. 5 Michigan lights up the scoreboard again in 91-54 Preseason NIT win over IUPUI
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's offense is still firing on all cylinders, and the Wolverines are one win away from the Big Apple.
Glenn Robinson III dropped in 21 points and 6 rebounds and Trey Burke finished with 22 points and 9 assists as No. 5 Michigan breezed by IUPUI, 91-54, in an opening-round game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Crisler Center.
The Wolverines will now play Cleveland State at 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2) with a chance to secure a bid in the NIT semifinals, held at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21.
Michigan (2-0) sizzled from the floor for a second straight game, finishing 33-for-55 from the floor, and 13-for-21 from behind the 3-point line.
The Wolverines have now scored 191 points in their first two regular season games. It took Michigan four games to hit that mark last year.
Michigan put five players in double figures (Burke, Robinson, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan) for the first time since beating Bradley in December of last season.
-- Robinson was a monster in the first half, in just about every area. He was active underneath, threw in two alley-oops and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 16 points and 4 rebounds in the first half. He began the game 8-for-8 from the floor before finally missing with less than 7 minutes to play.
-- Burke continues to look for his own shot while also finding others in the process, something he struggled with at times last season. He had 7 assists before halftime, and finished with 9 for the game. Oh yeah, he also turned 20 Monday.
-- The 3-point shooting was on the money again for Michigan. Burke tied a career-high with four triples, Robinson nailed three of them and freshman Nik Stauskas added three more.
-- Tim Hardaway Jr. found other ways to contribute despite a relatively quiet scoring night. He only took five shots, and finished the game with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
-- IUPUI scored far too many easy points in the first half, and seemed to beat Michigan to almost every loose ball over the game's first 15 minutes. The Wolverines had trouble shaking the Jaguars early, mainly because they were being out-hustled.
-- Freshman forward Mitch McGary didn't see much playing time Monday, logging just 4 minutes in the first half. He finished the game with 2 points and 5 rebounds in 10 minutes.
-- Michigan got rather loose with the ball at times against Slippery Rock, and did so again vs. IUPUI. The Wolverines had 8 turnovers in the first half and finished with 13 for the game.
ISSUE OF THE DAY
Michigan looked like it might screw around with IUPUI early in this one, leading by just one point midway through the first half, but the Wolverines' athleticism and talent eventually took over -- leading to a 13-0 run toward the end of the first half and start of the second, pushing the lead up over 20 points.
Have you booked your ticket for New York yet? Or are you going to wait one more day.