Brooklyn Zoo: Michigan 81 - WVU 66

Mike Stobe

Bright lights, big city, Trey Burke.

I'm the one-man army, Ason
I never been tooken out, I keep MCs looking out
I drop science like Cosby dropping babies
Enough to make a n---- go crazy

-ODB

Trey Burke, man.

We all know what he is capable of. It isn't like games like this are necessarily a surprise, but sometimes he just makes it look so easy that you shake your head when he does another one of those things that nobody in hte building saw until a second after he had totally engineered it. A steal, a basket, an assist. All of them just another ball on a string moment where, just like a yo-yo he winds it back with a quick flip of the wrist and flips it out again on a line. When WVU fought back to within ten, it was Burke that broke out of a double team and whipped a one handed pass to Jordan Morgan on the low block for a basket. It was a pass that was only theoretically possible until it was already in Morgan's hands.

Burke finished the game with 27 points on 12/16 shooting while adding eight assists (with zero turnovers) four rebounds, and three steals. He is masterful, and his control of the game is unparalleled right now. He may not be the best player in all of college basketball, but you'd be crazy to say he isn't the best point guard.

Bullets:

- Nearly as good as Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 25 points on 7/12 shooting (4/8 from three), although his three rebounds, three assists, and two steals were offset somewhat by three turnovers. Of course, next to Burke, anyone would look a little less golden.

- Nik Stuaskas was due to have a poor shooting game sooner or later, and 2/7 from deep and 3/9 overall certainly qualifies. His five turnovers didn't help much either. Remember that this is just his eleventh game as a college player.

- Michigan still struggled to close this one out, allowing WVU to make a late run by getting pressure with a press and hitting a few shots because of good ball movement. Sooner or later, Michigan is going to drop a game because it can't hold off one of these late pushes.

- Jon Horford left the game with a knee injury and was seen icing it on the bench late. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery.

- Glenn Robinson III led the team in rebounds with seven (three offensive) while adding eight points. I can't imagine a better situation for Glenn than coming into a team that already has a great backcourt to carry the scoring load which allows the freshman to grow, get used to playing off the ball, and develop as a rebounder and defender.

- The other freshmen were marginalized in this one. Mitch McGary played just ten minutes, grabbed one board, and scored two points. Although, racking up four fouls in that time doesn't help. Similarly, Caris Levert came in and committed two quick fouls.

- With an Indiana loss to Butler earlier today, Michigan has an outside shot at the top ranking in the country considering Duke hasn't played in a week. The Wolverines only have two games left in December, the 20th against EMU and the 29th against Central Michigan.

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