Michigan 71, South Dakota State 56

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In a game that was billed as a battle of the most efficient point guards in college basketball, neither player hit the ground running. Michigan’s Trey Burke and South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters combined to score six points in the first half on dismal 2-of-15 shooting. After a close first half, the Wolverines were able to pull away in the second with a 71-56 victory.

Burke never rediscovered his jump shot, finishing 2-of-11 from the field but did add seven assists. Michigan was able to force Wolters to work for all of his offense while its other starts stepped up. Tim Hardaway Jr., Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III were 22-of-31 from the field and combined for 55 points. Hardaway hit four first half triples while Robinson scored 13 of Michigan’s first 15 second half points.

Michigan will advance to play the winner of VCU-Akron in the round of 32. Full post game coverage to follow from the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • Adam St Patrick

    1. This is the McGary that, after the Ioa game, I thought we’d see for the rest of the year. That was a breakout game that wasn’t followed by a breakout. I wonder what’s what there.
    2. Curious about Morgan.

  • Mattski

    My gad, Charles Barkley is torpid tonight–did he watch the game? Talking about how one of the big guys needs to step up?

    • Joel_C

      That analysis was turrable

  • Chazer

    Yabba Dabba Dooo! Well done Big Blue…taking care of business, good to see GRIII getting it done!. If big Mitch keeps knocking down that jumper look out!

    Go Blue!

  • CoryR

    Any word on what time we’ll play on Saturday?

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Great way to step-up from Robinson & McGary…since Trey had an off game…

    also curious of Jordan Morgan…i know we will need him in his run..espeially we get Kansas…
    VCU or Akron??? who do we match up better

  • Mattski

    Guess with half the Akron team sick we won’t learn a great deal about VCU. . .

  • beingklauskinski

    VCU looking real strong right now

  • rlcBlue

    Tommy Amaker rockin’ the open collared shirt and sport jacket. No turtleneck mocking tonight…

  • troy

    Caris Levert stinks. Just my opinion.

  • Joel_C

    Alright, I’ll get to see them at the Palace on Saturday!! :D