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Michigan Basketball starting off on the right foot

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Michigan defeated Slippery Rock last week to move to 1-0 on the season. Before we look at the NIT Season Tip Off, let's check out just how the team played thanks to UMHoops' Five Key Plays.

Andy Lyons

Michigan didn't come out strong on Friday, but Tim Hardaway made a few early plays to help the Wolverines keep pace and eventually reclaim the lead. For the game Hardaway finished with a very impressive stat line: 25 points (8-10 FGs, 5-5 3FGs), 10 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. It was the kind of take charge, efficient offensive performance that was largely missing a year ago as Hardaway struggled to take good shots and work within the offense that more and more leaned on Trey Burke.

Burke didn't start the game off hot, but he eventually got into a groove and finished with an impressive final line himself: 21 points (9-17 FGs, 2-5 3FGs), 8 assists, and two rebounds. He struggled with turnovers in the first half, but cut them well back in the second.

The freshmen represented themselves well also. Robinson III went for 10 and 8 and McGary 9 and 9 while Nik Stauskas added seven points off the bench and Spike Albrecht provided valuable rest time for Burke.

One of the best things to see was Jon Horford back nearing full speed after injury problems have sidelined him for so long thus far in his career. He only played eight minutes, but right off the bat he made a big contribution with a putback/and-one followed by a drawn charge (video courtesy of UMHoops).

We will have more basketball coverage coming this week.