Trey Burke shows no rust as No. 5 Michigan pummels Saginaw Valley State, 76-48
ANN AROR -- If Trey Burke was rusty, he fooled just about everyone Monday.
Burke, Michigan's All-American sophomore point guard, returned from a one-game suspension in style with 16 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds as No. 5 Michigan blasted Saginaw Valley State, 76-48, in its final exhibition tuneup of the season.
The Wolverines will open their 2012-13 regular season Friday when they host Slippery Rock (8:30 p.m.).
As for Burke, Monday was his season debut as he was suspended for last week's exhibition opener due to a violation of team standards.
Burke had 10 points in the first 13 minutes, and was lethal on the break -- finding both Matt Vogrich and Glenn Robinson III for streaking layups within seconds of each other near the end of the half.
Robinson continued an impressive exhibition season, as the freshman -- who started once again -- finished with a game-high 17 points on a smooth 7 of 9 shooting.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary finished with 6 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot.
-- In open space, few people in the Big Ten can create like Burke. Last week with Spike Albrecht leading the way, Michigan shared the ball well and found the open man. Monday, Burke blew past defenders and easily found open shooters due to his own athleticism. He looks stronger, quicker and a bit more focused right now. Fine start for Michigan's best player.
-- Mitch McGary is still trying to work his way into playing shape after dealing with a preseason foot injury, but that doesn't mean he's not playing hard. McGary had 2 points, 4 rebounds and a block during his first four-minute stretch of the game. His biggest impact continues to be on the offensive glass.
-- Michigan has played two games against lesser opponents, but Glenn Robinson III has found a way to make his presence felt without much effort. He smoothly dropped in 17 points Monday by filling lanes and moving without the ball. He finished at the rim, went 3-for-5 from 3-point range and ran the floor on the fast break.
-- McGary got a little wild in the first half, picking up three fouls before the break. His aggressive play is all well and good, but at times he may need to pull back -- as Michigan can't really afford to have him battling foul trouble night in and night out.
-- Tim Hardaway Jr. took some time to find a scoring rhythm Monday, netting just three points before the break. But, that might have just been a product of Michigan's depth. There are a lot of scorers on the floor, and a lot of options. Hardaway may have to make the most of limited shot opportunities from time to time. Hardaway did find other ways to contribute, though, handing out 6 assists.
-- Michigan sophomore forward Jon Horford sat out again. He's currently dealing with a knee injury.
How ready are you for real basketball? It starts Friday.