Trey Burke shrugs off his rim-hanging technical, gets props from teammates as a strong dunker
ANN ARBOR -- All of a sudden, Trey Burke can't stop dunking.
After having just two stuffs as a freshman last season, the Michigan sophomore point guard has suddenly turned into a slam dunking machine.
And Saturday against Arkansas, he paid a bit of a price for it.
After the Wolverines went up by double-digits with less than a minute to go, Burke grabbed a steal near midcourt, raced toward the Michigan hoop and stuffed home a two-handed dunk.
And then, he did a chin-up.
"I think I was just going too fast," laughed Burke, who was issued a technical foul for hanging on the rim during the Wolverines' 80-67 win over the Razorbacks. "I thought someone was behind me, I was going 100 miles per hour."
A player who rarely showed the authority to slam the ball home last season, Burke has now scored dunks in each of Michigan's last three home games.
Call it swagger, call it confidence, call it more leg strength.
Call it whatever you want. Trey Burke's a dunker now.
"If there's a clear lane, I'm dunking," joked Burke, who finished with 16 points and 7 assists, adding to his Big Ten-leading total. "Why not. (Michigan strength and conditioning coordinator Jon Sanderson) didn't work on my legs for nothing."
As for the technical foul, Michigan coach John Beilein didn't seem too bothered by the call -- saying instead that he hasn't seen a foul like that in some time.
Next time, he says, he'll make sure his guys don't dunk so hard.
"I'll have to watch that one," Beilein said with a smile. "I thought it was a well-officiated game."
Burke was slapped with the first technical foul of his career Saturday, but no one cared.
The coaching staff wasn't upset, he wasn't mad and his teammates were anything but angry.
They loved it.
"That was good, I'm not mad at all," Michigan freshman Mitch McGary said. "It was a great dunk."