Trey Burke criticizes his decision making at Ohio State, hopes to avoid repeat at Minnesota
ANN ARBOR -- Everyone's allowed a bad day here or there.
Up until Sunday, though, Trey Burke hadn't had one this season. Not even close, in fact.
But that doesn't mean he's not able or willing to admit a rough showing when he sees one.
"Just watching myself the last game, I could have been a better decision maker," Michigan's sophomore point guard said Wednesday while discussing the Wolverines' 56-53 loss at Ohio State. "I think the second half, I kind of made plays for the team and I took some tough shots down the stretch where I could have brought it out and ran a play and got a better shot.
"Basically, just the way that I carried myself in the first half, I think I was out there playing a little too fast and not playing as poised as I usually do. In the second half, I was more poised."
Burke finished 4 of 13 from the floor for 15 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 turnovers in Michigan's first loss of the season.
He was able to help will Michigan back to life in the second half, but Burke admittedly struggled to control the pace of the game in the first half -- which saw the Wolverines fall behind by as many as 21 points in the first hostile environment they've seen this season.
Burke knows the Wolverines are about to enter a building Thursday night that is at least as loud -- if not louder -- when Michigan visits No. 9 Minnesota (7 p.m., ESPN).
And he said his ups and downs against Ohio State showed him something he basically already knew in the first place.
As he goes, so goes Michigan.
"I feel like my job is like a quarterback on the court," he said. "A lot of the team feeds off of my attitude and feeds off of the way I'm playing out there. And I think that kind of messed us up in the first half, I was kind of sped up somewhat and that was our first real away test.
"I think once I settled down in the second half and kind of ran some sets, I think that's how we were able to chop down the score."
Burke studied and critiqued film of his own individual performance against Ohio State, and is also ready to move on to the next opponent.
And that next opponent, Minnesota, is one Burke had a field day against last season.
In two games against the Golden Gophers (at home and in the Big Ten Tournament), Burke scored 57 points on 19 of 25 shooting.
"I think it was just the way Minnesota plays off the pick and roll, they're not as aggressive as most teams are and they kind of back off into the paint and not let you get deep into the paint," he said. "The mid-range jump shot was there, and I think I just got into a groove.
"Minnesota's a great team, but I think it was the way they played the pick and roll and we got out in transition a lot."
This year's Minnesota team is a bit more seasoned than a year ago, but so is Burke.
And though Michigan, as a team, has to figure out a way to play better on the road Thursday -- no one seems overly worried about the team's star player.
"What you heard from him in the postgame media (interviews) was exactly how he was after the game," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "He was very composed and very calm. I'm sure there was emotion, I would imagine there was a lot of emotion for him in that (Ohio State) game.
"But his voice was heard throughout practice (this week), it was 'OK, let's move on, let's not let that game beat us twice.' "
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