Ann Arbor, MI (WQLR) – If there was any thought that Michigan was looking ahead to their matchup against No. 3 Indiana on Saturday, Trey Burke and company quickly squashed that notion.
Up by double figures midway through the first half, the Wolverines cruised to their 20th victory of the season, 68-46 over Northwestern Wednesday night. It is the first time in school history Michigan is 20-1 and with the win became the first team in the Big Ten to win 20 games. The last four Big Ten Champions were also the first to 20 victories.
Burke scored a game high 18 points, and dished out eight assists for the Wolverines, playing in their first game as the No. 1 ranked team since December 5, 1992.
Michigan made 10 of their first 11 shots and committed no turnovers during the first half en route to a 36-21 lead at the break. The Wolverines ended the game with a season low two turnovers.
Northwestern trimmed the lead to nine with a 10-4 run to start the second half, before Michigan blew the game open, increasing their lead to 24 before Beilein emptied his bench.
Jordan Morgan missed his first game ever as a Wolverine, after spraining his ankle in Michigan’s previous game at Illinois. Jon Horford started in place of Morgan and played well in 20 minutes, contributing 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
“Jon has just being looking for the game to slow down for him,” Coach Beilein said of Horford. “He needs to get some minutes and get healthy, but you could see tonight he took a step in the right decision.”
Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas each finished in double figure, totaling 13 and 11 respectively. Alex Olah had 10 for Northwestern (12-10, 3-6)