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Burke was a dominant offensive force in this game and carried the team as other Michigan players struggled. Burke scored 27 points on just 11 shot attempts and while he scored nine points from the free throw line he was also efficient from the field. Burke thrived off the pick and roll but also knocked down a pair of three point jumpers. This clip does a great job of demonstrating the many ways that Burke can be an effective scoring option off the screen and roll. He can take the ball all the way to the rack, finishing through contact, but he’s also routinely efficient knocking down the 15-foot pull up jump shot over bigger defenders. It’s a different screen and roll look than Michigan ran with Morris, who was more effective using his size to find the rolling man, but it’s equally difficult to defend. The performance was good enough for Burke to not only be named Big Ten freshman of the week but also earn co-Big Ten player of the week honors. [click to continue…]
Under 60 possessions, woeful first half offense, lots of whistles and plenty of subpar shooting nights. Despite Michigan leading for most of the game, the Wolverines were never able to put Minnesota away. Minnesota hit just enough big shots to hang around in the game and had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final two minutes of action. Michigan held onto its lead, and perfect Big Ten record, and escaped with a 61-56 victory.
John Beilein noted that Michigan’s win over Minnesota reminded him of the Wolverines’ run down the stretch last season because the game came down to a handful of critical possessions in the closing minutes. Watch Beilein’s full press conference in the embedded media player below or find the complete transcript after the jump.
It’s Big Ten game number two at Crisler Arena as Michigan hosts Minnesota. Gus Johnson is on the call for the Big Ten Network and tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Michigan commitments Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas and Zak Irvin are all expected to be in attendance for today’s game.
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