Bring on the Hoosiers!
The top-ranked Michigan Wolverines dominated the Northwestern Wildcats at Crisler Center tonight by a final score of 68-46.
Trey Burke led the attack with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals as the Wolverines (20-1, 7-1 B1G) won this one going away.
Northwestern (12-10, 3-6 B1G) was outmanned and outgunned right from the opening tip tonight, even with the absence of Jordan Morgan for Michigan tonight.
It was the second straight game that the Jon Horford/Mitch McGary combo stepped up and filled a huge role for the Wolverines, with Horford getting the start for the injured Morgan. Those two will be a big key for Michigan on Saturday at Indiana.
Michigan continues to thrive on superb production from their freshman class, and the deeper we get into this season, the better they play. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a special group of guys and that they are the most talented team in the nation. If a guy like Trey Burke or Tim Hardaway has an off night, other guys are there to step it up.
They will have to going forward if Michigan is to be considered a national title contender.
The Wolverines now enter a stretch of conference play that will be a huge test for this team. Over their next four games, they play at Indiana, home vs. Ohio State, at Wisconsin, and at Michigan State.
Expect an NCAA tournament-style of intensity coming down the stretch in the Big Ten. What they experience throughout the rest of the conference season will only make them better come March.
As long as they keep getting large contributions from guys other than Burke and Hardaway, they will be just fine. This is the team to beat in the country as far as I’m concerned.
It’s going to be a fun ride from here on out.
Saturday night’s game at #3 Indiana will be on ESPN. Tipoff is at 9pm