|#2 Michigan (13-0)||46||42||88|
|Central Michigan (7-6)||29||44||73|
Tim Hardaway Jr. missed the game with an ankle injury and freshman Caris LeVert started in his place and Michigan still cruised to a 88-73 victory over Central Michigan in the Crisler Center on Saturday night. It was the Wolverines’ final non-conference tilt before the Big Ten schedule begins and the win gave Michigan its first unbeaten non-conference slate since the 1985-86 season.
Trey Burke got Michigan off to a fast start with 14 points in the first ten minutes to give Michigan a 31-18 lead. LeVert hit a three and a pair of nice pull-up jumpers from the elbow, while Glenn Robinson III was continuously open on the baseline for easy buckets. Michigan went into the half with a 46-29 lead.
In the second, Central Michigan never let the Wolverines pull away, but the game remained out of reach throughout. Michigan went up by as many as 25 when Nik Stauskas hit three three-pointers to go along with a Robinson dunk and free throw in the first four minutes. But Central Michigan played the final 16 minutes of the game to a 40-30 advantage.
Burke finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. Robinson scored 20 and Stauskas added 19 on 5-of-8 three-point shooting. LeVert impressed with nine points and five assists despite making just four of 11 shots from the field. He showed that he has the ability to create his shot and be a capable scorer when Burke, Hardaway, or Stauskas needs a rest.
The three starting freshmen combined for 48 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
As a team, Michigan shot 51.5 percent, while the Chippewas shot 47.4. The most impressive aspect was Michigan’s assist-to-turnover ration of 21-to-3. Three turnovers in 60 minutes is darn good basketball. If there is one thing that wasn’t impressive it is that Michigan was out-rebounded 38-29. Not having Hardaway’s rebounding ability certainly factored into that, but I wouldn’t be concerned because Michigan has dominated the boards all season to this point.
Michigan opens the Big Ten schedule on Thursday at Northwestern and returns home to face Iowa and Nebraska before the big battle with Ohio State on Jan. 13.
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||9-13||1-3||1-3||3||0||3||0||20||2||0||0||1||35|