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Michigan 81 – West Virginia 66: Burke, Hardaway combine for 52

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Final 1st 2nd Total
#3 Michigan (11-0) 43 38 81
West Virginia (4-5) 32 34 66

Trey Burke led all scorers with 27 points (John Minchillo, AP)

The final major test before the Big Ten schedule begins was passed with flying colors in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Michigan jumped out to a big lead and fought off a late charge to beat West Virginia 81-66.

Michigan raced out to a 13-2 lead in the first two minutes and widened it to 24-7 at the 13 minute mark of the first half. West Virginia then went on a 11-1 run to cut the lead to 10 before a Trey Burke jumper stopped the run. Michigan widened the lead back to 15, but WV was determined to make it a game. Ten straight points cut Michigan’s lead to 32-27, but Michigan stifled the comeback once again and carried a 43-32 lead into the half.

Michigan scored nine of the first 11 points of the second half to build an 18-point lead and it stayed that way until West Virginia mounted a final comeback attempt. From the 8:39 mark to 4:31, the Mountaineers outscored Michigan 17-6 to cut the lead to just seven. But from there, Michigan made 8-of-10 free throws to seal the win.

Michigan’s two big stars, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr, played their best on the big stage, scoring 27 and 25 points, respectively. Burke made 12-of-16 shots from the field and doled out eight assists. Hardaway made 7-of-12, including 4-of-8 from three-point range and 7-of-8 free throws. The Wolverines’ only other player in double digits was Nik Stauskas who had 10, though he hit just 2-of-7 three-point attempts. The other two starters, Jordan Morgan and Glenn Robinson III scored eight apiece, while Michigan got just three points from its bench – two from Mitch McGary and one from Jon Horford.

As a team, Michigan shot 56 percent and held West Virginia to just 38.5 percent. Michigan out-rebounded West Virginia 32-29, holding the Mountaineers 12.5 below their season average on the glass. For the first time this season, Michigan finished the game with more turnovers than assists, with 14 and 13. Stauskas had six of the turnovers, while Burke had none.

The most discouraging aspect of the win was the loss of Horford to a knee injury in the first half. Reports this morning say it’s a dislocated kneecap, and John Beilein said he could return in two or three weeks.

Michigan returns home to face Eastern Michigan on Thursday and then Central Michigan on Dec. 29 before opening Big Ten play at Northwestern on Jan. 3. The Wolverines’ conference schedule opens with the Wildcats, followed by Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio State, so there is a very good chance Michigan could be 16-0 heading into the big Jan. 13 showdown in Columbus.

With Indiana’s loss to Butler on Saturday afternoon, Michigan should move up a spot in the national rankings. Duke will likely take over No. 1 with Michigan right behind. Based on Duke’s remaining schedule and the relative weakness of the ACC this season, it’s hard to imagine Michigan passing the Blue Devils in the rankings anytime soon.

Final Game Stats
01 Glenn Robinson III* 2-4 0-2 4-6 3 4 7 2 8 1 2 2 1 31
52 Jordan Morgan* 3-4 0-0 2-4 0 2 2 1 8 0 1 1 0 31
03 Trey Burke* 12-16 1-2 2-2 1 4 5 2 27 8 0 0 3 38
10 Tim Hardaway Jr* 7-12 4-8 7-8 0 4 4 3 25 3 3 0 2 38
11 Nik Stauskas* 3-9 2-7 2-2 0 4 4 2 10 1 6 0 1 34
02 Spike Albrecht 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4
04 Mitch McGary 1-1 0-0 0-3 1 0 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 10
15 Jon Horford 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 5
23 Caris LeVert 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9
Totals 28-50 7-21 18-27 10 22 32 18 81 13 14 3 8 200
West Virginia 20-52 6-21 20-24 10 19 29 21 66 12 13 2 10 200

Michigan vs West Virginia preview

Friday, December 14th, 2012

#3 Michigan v. West Virginia
Saturday, Dec. 15 | 8pm ET | ESPN
10-0 Record 4-4
Slippery Rock 100-62
IUPUI 91-54
Cleveland State 77-47
Pittsburgh 67-62
Kansas State 71-57
NC State 79-72
Bradley 74-66
W. Michigan 73-41
Arkansas 80-67
Binghamton 67-39
Wins Marist 87-44
VMI 94-69
Marshall 69-59
Virginia Tech 68-67
Losses #19 Gonzaga 50-84
Davidson 60-63
Oklahoma 70-77
Duquesne 56-60
77.9 Points Per Game 69.2
56.7 Scoring Defense 65.4
291-for-574 (50.7%) Field Goal % 201-for-516 (39.0%)
223-for-556 (40.1%) Def. Field Goal % 181-for-436 (41.5%)
82-for-201 (40.8%) 3-point % 34-for-129 (26.4%)
59-for-189 (31.2%) Def. 3-point % 51-for-152 (33.6%)
115-for-157 (73.2%) Free Throw % 118-for-172 (68.6%)
12.4 FT Made/Game 14.8
38.1 Rebounds Per Game 41.6
27.8 Opp. Reb. Per Game 36.8
15.3 Assists Per Game 12.3
9.8 Turnovers Per Game 10.8
4.6 Steals Per Game 8.6
2.6 Blocks Per Game 3.4
G – Trey Burke (17.1)
G – Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.8)
Leading Scorer G – Juwan Staten (10.6)
F – Deniz Kilicli (9.9)
F – Glenn Robinson (6.5)
F – Mitch McGary (5.7)
Leading Rebounder C – Aaric Murray (7.0)
F – Deniz Kilicli (6.1)

After a cakewalk game on Tuesday night against Binghamton, Michigan heads back to New York on Saturday night to face the last remaining threat to its unblemished record before beginning Big Ten play. Just three weeks ago, Michigan visited the Big Apple and captured the NIT Season Tip-Off with wins over Pittsburgh and Kansas State. Now, the Wolverines head to the borough of Brooklyn to face John Beilein’s former team, West Virginia, in the sparkling new Barclay’s Center.

The game is the main event of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival with the undercards being Princeton vs Fordham and St. John’s vs St. Francis.

West Virginia comes in at 4-4 with only one win over a team from a major conference – a one-point win over Virginia Tech. Big wins over Marist and VMI and a 10-point victory over Marshall are the only other games in the win column. The Mountaineers were blown out by Gonzaga to open the season and lost close games to Davidson and Oklahoma before getting beat by Duquesne on Tuesday.

Bob Huggins’ squad is led by guard Juwan Staten and forward Deniz Kilicli. Staten is the only Mountaineer averaging in double figures at 10.6 points per game. He was held scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting in the season opener and had a season high of 18 against VMI. The University of Dayton transfer isn’t a long-range shooter, having attempted just five threes all season and made none. He’s shooting nearly 40 percent from two. Kilicli averages 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, both of which rank second on the team. At 6’9″, 260, the Turkey native has a lot of ability. He scored 21 against Marshall on 19 shots, but also has four games this season with six points or fewer.

Center Aaric Murray averages 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds. He was one of the only Mountaineers to have success against Gonzaga, scoring 14 points, but was limited to just two points against Duquesne on Tuesday. Despite being a center, he has the ability to step out and shoot the three, and though he has only attempted six all season, it is more than Staten, and he has made three of them. He’s also efficient from the field, shooting over 52 percent.

Joining Staten in the backcourt are sophomores Gary Browne and Jabarie Hinds, who average 8.5 and 7.1 points per game, respectively. Browne had a season high of 13 against Oklahoma and shot 1-of-10 against Virginia Tech. He’s good for a few three-point attempts per game, but has made more than one just once. Hinds has scored in double figures just once all season, when he had 11 points against Marist, but likes to shoot the three, albeit not very successfully. He tossed up six threes against Gonzaga, making one, and has hit just 6-of-22 on the season.

As a team, West Virginia is one of the worst shooting teams in the country at 39 percent. The number drops to just 26.4 percent from three-point range. Where the Mountaineers excel is on the glass, ranking 23rd nationally with 41.6 rebounds per game. That will be an important area to watch, as Michigan has dominated the glass all season, especially on the offensive end. If West Virginia is able to limit Michigan’s second chance opportunities, Michigan will need to shoot better than it has in the past couple of games if it wants to avoid a dog fight.

It will be a physical affair and test Michigan’s big men, but shouldn’t be a game to worry about. It will give the Wolverines a good test before the grueling Big Ten Conference schedule beings.