Trey Burke shoulders blame as Michigan gets frustrated into worst shooting day of the season vs. Nebraska
ANN ARBOR -- Trey Burke's been about as on the money as a point guard can be throughout the 2012-13 basketball season.
On Wednesday, though, Burke finally had one of those nights.
Michigan's sophomore point guard was just 6 of 16 from the floor against a flustering Nebraska defense, as the Wolverines shot a season-worst 38.9 percent as a team.
Michigan ultimately got the victory, but afterward, Burke shouldered some of the blame.
"Shots just weren't falling for us, shots that usually fall for us weren't," said Burke, who still finished with a team-high 18 points in the 62-47 win. "I think that kind of falls on my shoulders a lot. I took a couple shots where I could have just brought it back out and ran offense."
Burke said Nebraska defended Michigan's ball-screen different than just about any other team has this season. Rather than playing over the top of Burke's ball-screen, the Huskers were sagging underneath -- giving Michigan open looks from deep.
Normally, Michigan feasts on that -- on Wednesday, though, Michigan went just 3 of 17 from downtown.
"It was a little bit frustrating, but we knew that was kind of their game plan," Michigan freshman Glenn Robinson III said. "It happens."
The Cornhuskers also did everything they could to slow the pace of the game down, and take away Michigan's transition game.
The normally sped-up Wolverines had just two fast-break points Wednesday -- spending most of the game stuck in the mud, playing at the snail pace Nebraska was forcing.
"Philosophically when you look at them, what can you eliminate?" Nebraska coach Tim Miles said afterward. "And that was transition, and the driving of the ball.
"But, you know, they missed 3's so we were able to hang around -- it's that simple."
The 3-point woes fell at everyone's feet Wednesday, not just Burke's. He was 1 of 5, but Tim Hardaway Jr. was 0 of 3. Nik Stauskas was 2 of 6, Caris LeVert was 0 of 2 and Spike Albrecht was 0 of 1.
For whatever reason, Michigan didn't have the offensive mojo it boasted through the first 15 wins of the season.
And though it wasn't all on Burke, he took the blame.
And vowed it won't happen again Sunday when the Wolverines travel to Ohio State.
"We took some shock 3's in transition where we could have slowed it up," Burke said. "We'll watch film, get better from it and get ready for Sunday."
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