No. 2 Michigan makes program history with a 62-47 win over visiting Nebraska, moves to 16-0
ANN ARBOR -- At this point, a win's still a win, even if it's ugly.
And no matter what, history's still history.
No. 2 Michigan got 18 points from Trey Burke and staved off its worst shooting performance of the year to push by visiting Nebraska, 62-47, Wednesday at the Crisler Center.
With the victory, Michigan moves to 16-0 (3-0, Big Ten), tying the best start in program history. The only other Michigan team to start a season with 16 straight victories was the 1985-86 squad that finished the year with a Big Ten championship.
The night ended with history, but it featured plenty of ugliness.
Michigan shot just 32.5 percent from the floor in the first half and finished with its worst offensive half of the year, leading just 25-20 at the break.
The Wolverines stretched their lead to nine twice during the second half, but Nebraska never really went away.
Michigan didn't gain a double-digit lead until there was 4:39 left to go in the game.
The 62 points was Michigan's lowest offensive output of the season. The Wolverines finished 38.9 percent from the floor, also a season-low.
Tim Hardaway Jr. finished the game with a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Jordan Morgan did not score, but did grab 11 boards.
Glenn Robinson III ended his night with 14 points and 6 boards, while Nik Stauskas finished with 13.
-- Glenn Robinson III had another stellar outing, showing off his ridiculous athleticism more than a few times. Robinson took a steal at midcourt and turned it into a highlight dunk, and later, his two-handed dunk tap off a Caris LeVert miss brought the crowd to its feet.
-- Michigan won the battle on the glass, in a game where there were a ton of rebounds to be had. The Wolverines out-rebounded Nebraska 47-30.
-- Mitch McGary didn't produce a ton on the stat sheet, but his hustle made an impact all over the place. McGary's effort to force a loose ball and subsequent plea to the crowd for energy late in the second half seemed to give Michigan the spark it needed to finally put this one to bed.
-- Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan was in attendance, receiving a large ovation from the Crisler Center crowd after being shown on the big screen. Former Fab Fiver Jimmy King was at the game, too -- and his ovation might have been louder.
-- The first half was brutal for Michigan, when compared to the rest of this season. Easily the Wolverines' most sluggish 20 minutes of basketball this year. Michigan shot 10 of 31 from the floor, 1 of 10 from 3-point and 4 of 6 from the foul line. Not a lot of energy, not a great start.
-- Trey Burke had a rough shooting night, going 6 of 16 from the floor. He finished with 3 assists, and Michigan only handed out 6 as a team.
-- This was a poor performance by Michigan against one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. No other way to slice it. The Wolverines didn't have a lot of energy to start the game, and never really could put a final touch on it. Rough night overall in victory.
ISSUE OF THE DAY: REVISITED
-- Well, Michigan made history.
And it might have gotten a wakeup call in the process.
The Wolverines became just the second team in school history to start a season 16-0. But they won't get to 17-0 if they play like this Sunday at Ohio State.
-- What must Michigan improve on before playing at Ohio State on Sunday?
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