The newly ranked #1 Michigan Wolverines wanted to show the world why they deserve that #1 ranking. They were also looking for a season sweep over the Northwestern Wildcats.
Michigan made 10 of their first 11 shots including 3-for-3 from deep. Trey Burke, just like he did earlier in the season in Evanston, again shreded the Wildcats defense. Burke used his scoring prowess to put Michigan up early. On the other end of the floor, Tim Hardaway Jr. had a steal. He then passed it to Burke who threw the lob to the athletic Glenn Robinson III for the slam.
Later Mitch McGary dove along the baseline to save the ball from going out of bounds which led to a Burke pass to Hardaway Jr. for the 3. Nik Stauskas knocked down a jumper to put Michigan up 32-18 and were up 36-21 at halftime. Michigan had an incredible 0 turnovers and 0 fouls in the first half.
In the second half, Northwestern got to within 41-31 before the Wolverines went on a 9-2 run that essentially put the game away. Stauskas drove baseline, after the Wildcats overplayed him to shoot the 3, and slammed it down and home over everybody. Jon Horford followed with a 3-point play to put Michigan up 50-33 and the Wolverines cruised to a 64-48 win.
Burke finished with 18 points and eight assists, Robinson III had 13, Stauskas had 11, Horford had 10 and seven boards starting in place of an injured Jordan Morgan, and McGary had six and 11 rebounds.
A big test for the Wolverines on Saturday as they head to Bloomington to take on the 3rd ranked Indiana Hoosiers.