Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. dominate as No. 2 Michigan throttles Northwestern on the road, 94-66
EVANSTON, Ill. -- College basketball is quickly turning into a personal playground for Trey Burke.
With his team up 22 in the second half Thursday, the Michigan point guard showed every part of his game in a a matter of 50 seconds -- just because he could.
Burke found a streaking Tim Hardaway Jr. for an alley-oop jump, followed that up with a no-look pass on the break to Jordan Morgan for a jam and finished off the sequence with a floating teardrop to give the Wolverines a 28-point lead -- drawing a standing ovation in an opposing arena.
Yeah, he's that good.
Burke scored 13 of his game-high 23 points in the game's first five minutes and Tim Hardaway Jr. returned from an ankle injury to score 21 as No. 2 Michigan (14-0, 1-0) opened Big Ten play with a 94-66 throttling of Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.
The victory was Michigan's first road win of 20 points or more since 2005, and the 94 points were the most Michigan has scored in a Big Ten game since 2001.
After scoring 13 consecutive points in the game's opening minutes, Michigan led by as many as 24 before the break. Michigan shot 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes, and put up 51 first-half points -- the most the Wolverines have scored in a half against a Big Ten opponent since 1998.
The Wolverines' barrage of points was brutal enough to force Carmody to use four of his five total timeouts during the first 16 minutes of the contest.
All five starters finished in double figures, as Jordan Morgan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and both Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III chipped in with 10 each.
As a team, Michigan finished 13 of 22 from 3-point range, 34 of 57 from the floor.
-- Michigan couldn't have been more hot from 3-point land early in the game. Tim Hardaway Jr. found his rhythm in transition, catching the ball on the break in rhythm and firing. Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas did their damage against the zone, crippling Northwestern before the game even really started.
-- Hardaway's ankle appears to be more than fine. The junior came back after missing Saturday's game against Central Michigan to score 21 points on 6 of 8 shooting.
-- As expected, Michigan dominated Northwestern on the glass -- the Wolverines won the rebounding battle 37-21.
-- Nik Stauskas actually struggled to shoot from deep in this one. He finished the game 2 of 7 from 3-point range.
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-- We asked earlier today if the Michigan freshmen would be nervous about playing their first true Big Ten game. Well, if they were, we never really found out -- Trey Burke's early domination put just about everyone on the Michigan bench at ease, and the Wolverines cruised to an easy win.
Michigan hosts Iowa and Nebraska next, before traveling to Ohio State and Minnesota -- when do you think the Wolverines will lose their first game of the season?
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