Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III go bonkers as No. 2 Michigan sprints by CMU, 88-73
ANN ARBOR -- Tim Hardaway Jr. wasn't in uniform Saturday night for No. 2 Michigan.
Unfortunately for Central Michigan, though, Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas were
Burke, Robinson and Stauskas blasted the Chippewas from start to finish, combining for 61 points as the Wolverines ripped CMU, 88-73, to finish the non-conferece portion of their schedule at 13-0.
The win marked just the eighth time in school history a Michigan team finished a non-league schedule with an unbeaten record. The last time that happened was 1985-86.
Burke finished with 22 points and 11 assists, tying a career-high. Robinson had 20 points, while Stauskas chipped in with 19.
Things didn't start off terrific for the Wolverines on Saturday, though, as Hardaway was forced to miss the first game of his career with a right ankle sprain. The injury snapped a streak of 81 straight starts.
Freshman Caris LeVert took his place in the lineup, and Michigan didn't miss a beat -- leading by as many as 19 in the first half before taking a 46-29 edge at the half.
The lead swelled to as many as 23, and the game was never in doubt after the break.
-- With Hardaway on the bench, Burke managed to score at will -- going 7 of 9 from the floor for 17 points in the first half alone. On a night like this, Burke was basically indefensible.
-- LeVert showed no signs of nervousness at all in his first career start. He put up 9 points and 4 assists before the half, and played like he'd been there before. It's been quite a month for the freshman -- he was all set to redshirt four weeks ago, and on Saturday, he made his first start.
-- Glenn Robinson III was very efficient around the basket, going for 20 points on 9 of 13 shooting. He ran the baseline well, finished at the rim and kept possessions alive with offensive rebounds.
-- Nik Stauskas didn't attempt a 3-pointer in the first half. He made 5 straight in the second. His torrid shooting continues, as he's hit double figures in all but one game this season.
-- Obviously Hardaway's injury isn't good news. He spent the game on the sidelines with a walking boot on his right foot. But wasn't using crutches, and didn't appear to be limping.
-- Michigan did not have much intensity on the glass tonight. Central Michigan finished with 11 offensive rebounds, and won the rebounding battle, 38-29.
-- CMU's 73 points isn't exactly what John Beilein wanted to see Saturday -- the defense wasn't exactly sparkling in this one.
ISSUE OF THE DAY: FINAL VERDICT
-- Michigan showed zero offensive rust. Burke dominated, Stauskas made everything and Glenn Robinson III was a monster. Defensively, though, this wasn't amazing. Definitely something Michigan will work on heading into its Big Ten opener next week.
-- How concerned are you with Tim Hardaway Jr.'s injury, and was Michigan's lack of defensive intensity anything to worry about after this one?
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