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The Wolverines finally take care of business against Penn State, and now move on to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Things started off poorly, with Michigan falling into a big 14-3 hole as Penn State gave everyone flashbacks to the two previous meetings these teams have had this year. But Michigan stormed back in the first half and took control. The Wolverines couldn't keep the small lead it developed during the first half, and the teams went into the break separated by just two points.
The second half started out as a back and forth affair until Michigan began to exert its will. Soon, the Wolverines were up double digits and never looked back.
While Penn State scored the same amount of points in each half (33), Michigan's defensive effort looked better down the stretch. That may have been helped by just how strong the offense looked as Michigan went off for 48 points in the second stanza.
This was yet another exhibit in the continuing case of "Trey Burke is better than your best guy." Burke finished with 21 points, was 3/6 from deep, with three assists and two rebounds.
On the wings, Michigan got good games from both Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stuaskas. Both finished with 15 points. Hardaway led the team in assists, but was only 1/7 from deep (hopefully not a harbinger for the rest of the tournament). Stauskas scored his points on seven shots and went a perfect five for five from the stripe.
The biggest surprises for Michigan were down low. Jordan Morgan had a terrible start to the game, but Michigan was able to easily replace his production with Mitch McGary's double-double (10 pts, 11 reb) and Jon Horford's 11 points and five rebounds.
Michigan now gets to take on Wisconsin in game two of the regular season revenge tour. Look for that preview early tomorrow morning.