No. 2 Michigan flexes its muscles again, blasting Iowa 95-67 to move to 15-0 on the year
ANN ARBOR -- For the first 13 minutes Sunday, Michigan looked human.
Then, suddenly, the Wolverines went back to whatever planet they've been playing on for the past two months -- and Iowa couldn't do anything about it.
No. 2 Michigan (15-0, 2-0) closed the first half with 29 points in 7 minutes, finishing on an 8-0 run to seize complete control during a 95-67 win over the Hawkeyes (11-4, 0-2) at Crisler Center.
Michigan is now one win away from tying the best start in school history. The Wolverines host Nebraska on Wednesday. The win also marked the fifth time this season that Michigan has scored at least 90 points.
The Wolverines fell behind 7-0 to start the game, and appeared to be stuck in the mud for most of the first half before their final push.
And what a push it was.
Sparked by some inspired interior play from freshman Mitch McGary, the Wolverines went on an 11-2 run to close the half, highlighted by a one-handed hammer dunk from Tim Hardaway Jr. and a layup at the buzzer from Glenn Robinson III -- turning a 7-point deficit into a 46-35 edge at the break.
Michigan made its final nine shots of the half, and never looked back.
The Wolverines completely pummeled Iowa after halftime, outscoring the Hawkeyes 47-32 -- leading by as many as 32 after the break.
Sophomore point guard Trey Burke posted his third double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points and a career-high 12 assists, with just one turnover. Glenn Robinson III was stellar once again as well, going for 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Nik Stauskas added 13.
Mitch McGary came off the bench to post 5 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
-- Glenn Robinson III was the man for Michigan on Sunday, especially early. When the Wolverines were struggling to find their rhythm, Robinson kept them in the game -- scoring 9 points in the first 12 minutes. He also showed off his athleticism more than once -- finishing off two massive alley-oop jams from Trey Burke.
-- Mitch McGary has had better games in terms of statistics this season, but Sunday was probably the best he's played in terms of a total effort this season. His massive block of Aaron White in the first half sparked Michigan's huge run, and his intensity inside was a difference all afternoon.
-- Trey Burke didn't have a field goal until the 3:40 mark of the first half, but it didn't matter -- he still completely controlled the game's pace throughout. Burke's been scary good this season.
-- Jon Horford dressed and warmed up with the team prior to tip. But didn't end up playing. It was the first time he was in uniform, though, since injuring his left knee against West Virginia last month.
-- Michigan appeared to sleepwalk through portions of the first 10 minutes of the game. The team's transition defense was weak early, and Iowa pounded the ball inside to have some serious success.
-- This wasn't the best game for Jordan Morgan. After posting a double-double at Northwestern on Thursday, Morgan got into early foul trouble and never really found his way into the flow of things. He finished with 4 points and 4 fouls.
ISSUE OF THE DAY: REVISITED
Apparently Trey Burke can, in fact, keep up this pace.
Burke's 19 points and 12 assists almost seemed quiet on a day like this. He only shot the ball when he needed to, and he completely controlled the pace of the game throughout.
He only turned the ball over once, and he went 7 of 10 from the field.
Another masterful performance from Michigan's sophomore point guard.
Who was the MVP of this one? Burke? Robinson? McGary? Michigan didn't have its best stuff for the first 10 minutes of this one, and still ended up hammering a league opponent.
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