Evanston, IL (WKZO) – Backed by Trey Burke’s game high 23 points, The Michigan Wolverines opened Big Ten play with a dominating 94-66 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats Thursday night
Burke, a 1st Team Preseason All-Big Ten nominee, connected on 9 of 16 from the field, including 4 of 6 from downtown, as Michigan is now 14-0 to remain one of only four undefeated teams in college basketball. The 14 straight wins are also the second longest winning streak for the Wolverines to start a season.
Burke came out firing on all cylinders, scoring 13 points during Michigan’s 20-4 run to open the game. The Wildcats were never able to cut the deficit below 13 after that point and trailed by as much as 24 in the first before ending the half down 51-30. Michigan outscored Northwestern 43-36 in the second half and was up 87-58 with 3:32 left before John Beilein emptied his bench.
Playing on a tender ankle, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21. Hardaway returned to the starting lineup after missing the Wolverine’s previous contest on December 29th against Central Michigan. Jordan Morgan had a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds), while Divisions 1 leading 3 point shooter Nik Stauskas had one of his worst shooting performance of the season, going only 2-7 from downtown and 4-11 overall. Stauskas entered Thursday’s game connecting on 57% of this 3 point attempts.
94 points is the 2nd highest total for the Wolverines this season and were the most points Northwestern had allowed all year.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Wildcats (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten)
Michigan returns to action on Sunday at home against Iowa.