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Posted on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 : 5:06 p.m.

Michigan point guard Trey Burke hears boos and cheers in his Columbus homecoming

By Nick Baumgardner

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- During the pregame introductions, Michigan basketball point guard Trey Burke received a mixed reception.

But once the game started, the 5-foot-11 point guard was reminded where exactly he plays basketball these days.

And it's not in Ohio.

"I heard it," said Burke, who was booed heavily by the capacity Value City Arena crowd during Michigan's first possession. "But I wasn't paying any attention to it.

"I was out there playing."


Michigan freshman point guard Trey Burke is guarded by his former high school teammate, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, during a return trip to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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Burke, a Columbus native, made a homecoming trip Sunday during Michigan's 64-49 loss at Ohio State.

The Big Ten's second-leading freshman scorer, who was never offered a basketball scholarship by Ohio State prior to signing with Michigan, finished with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He handed out five assists, but also committed five turnovers.

Burke's second half was much better than his first, as the 5-foot-11 guard went just 1-of-4 from the floor with three turnovers over the game's first 20 minutes.

Afterward, he insisted his return-trip to Columbus didn't change his mindset during the game.

"I was fine out there," said Burke, whose parents watched the game from seats directly behind Michigan's bench. "I was relaxed and I felt like we did a good job of staying together tonight.

"We were right there, they just got too many offensive rebounds."

Michigan coach John Beilein said earlier in the week that he wanted Burke to embrace the experience of returning home to play a college basketball game, but it couldn't become a distraction.

Beilein said he felt Burke accomplished just that, despite Michigan's loss.

"I thought he did a really good job," Beilein said. "For a 19-year-old in this situation, I thought he did a really good job.

"We'll look at the video and say 'let's learn from this.'"

The five turnovers Burke had Sunday were one shy of a season-high set in win against Oakland.

He finished with respectable numbers, but seemed to struggle for room against OSU's defense for most of the night.

Ohio State sophomore point guard Aaron Craft finished with seven points, four assists and two turnovers in 36 minutes, while freshman point guard Shannon Scott -- the player Ohio State chose over Burke on the recruiting trail -- did not score in four minutes of action.

Buckeye coach Thad Matta said his strategy of limiting Burke's impact was similar to the one he used a season ago to limit former Michigan point guard, and now Los Angeles Laker, Darius Morris.

"We had seen in films when things got tight, they were going to go to him," Matt said. "Last year, we counted one time that Darius Morris dribbled 19 times in one possession, and Trey was up there, (too).

"We knew he was going to be probing and I thought, for the most part, our guys did a good job. ... He's crafty with the ball, he finds seams and I thought we did a decent job on him."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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