Live blog: No. 3 Michigan returns home to battle in-state foe Western Michigan
ANN ARBOR --
FINAL: Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41
-- The Wolverines led by as many as 37 in this one, and are now off to their best start since the 1996-97 season.
Michigan 73, Western Michigan 36
-- 1:59, second half
This has gotten out of hand, as Western Michigan cannot score the basketball. Trey Burke will finish his night with 20 points and 7 assists, and Michigan will move to 8-0.
Michigan 59, Western Michigan 34
-- 7:16, second half
This one seems all but over -- Michigan up 25. Let's see if it puts its foot down on someone, though, and keeps them there. Burke now with a game-high 17 points to go along with 5 assists. Mitch McGary with 8 points, Nik Stauskas with 10.
Michigan 51, Western Michigan 30
-- 11:49, second half
Trey Burke sparks a 9-0 run with a beautiful pass to Glenn Robinson III for a finish before completing an acrobatic 3-point play by himself. He's got 15 points and 5 assists to lead Michigan, Wolverines up 21.
Michigan 42, Western Michigan 26
-- 15:17, second half
A Trey Burke one-handed slam on a fast break keeps Michigan on top by 16 here early in the second. Burke now with 12 points and 4 assists, he's been the team's best player tonight. Tim Hardaway struggling, 2 of 8 from the floor.
Michigan 35, Western Michigan 21
Lots of sloppy moments for Michigan in that first half, but the Wolverines use a 15-2 run just before the break to take a 14-point lead into the locker rooms. Trey Burke leads Michigan with 10 points. Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. each have 6. Michigan 3 of 10 from the 3-point line, WMU is 8 of 22 from the floor, 13 turnovers.
Michigan 27, Western Michigan 15
-- 3:56, first half
A little more stretch here by Michigan, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke being more assertive and smooth on a few possessions as the Wolverines go on a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 12. Western Michigan now has 12 turnovers.
Michigan 20, Western Michigan 15
-- 7:09, first half
Michigan now just 1 of 6 from 3-point range, have led by as many as 7, but still can't shake WMU. Broncos are still in the game, even though they've coughed the ball up 8 times already. Trey Burke has 10 points to pace the Wolverines.
Michigan 12, Western Michigan 11
-- 11:34, first half
Michigan a bit flat to start this one. Wolverines have three turnovers, have missed open shots. Sloppy start. Broncos, meanwhile, hanging in there as we near the midway point of the first half. UM 5 of 11 from the floor, 0 of 4 from 3-point range.
Michigan 6, Western Michigan 4
-- 15:20, first half
Sloppy start from the floor for both sides. Michigan shooting 3 of 7, WMU 1 of 5. Western big man Shane Whittington already in foul trouble with two quick ones, not a good thing for the Broncos.
• Michigan starters tonight: Same as last game -- Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, Jordan Morgan.
• Pregame note: Michigan redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt is not dressed tonight. In street clothes, with a boot on his right foot. We'll figure out what that's all about after the game.
The Michigan basketball team is off to its best start (7-0) since the 2006-07 campaign.
And, with a win tonight over in-state foe Western Michigan (8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network), the Wolverines will be off to their best start in 16 years -- as the last team to begin a year 8-0 was the 1996-97 squad, Steve Fisher's last in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines scored a pair of wins last week over North Carolina State and Bradley, thanks in large part to the continued hot shooting of freshman Nik Stauskas -- who has now won back-to-back Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards.
Other things to watch tonight: How many minutes will freshman Caris LeVert see during his first home game? Will John Beilein turn to Jon Horford or Max Bielfeldt off the bench as his third big man? And, of course, can Stauskas stay hot?
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