No. 7 Michigan Basketball (7-0) passed its toughest test of the season to this point in a rout of the No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2) by a score of 84-67. After looking a bit scary early, the Wolverines ran them right out of the building.
It was a three-headed monster offensively for the Wolverines tonight with Ignas Brazdeikis, Jordan Matthews and Jordan Poole scored 24, 21 and 18 points respectively in the drubbing of UNC. Jon Teske was a huge presence defensively with five blocks on the night.
North Carolina came roaring out of the gates in this game, hitting nearly 70 percent of their shots early on to take a 21-11 lead. Michigan stormed all the way back and the teams would trade the lead throughout the first half before a 6-0 run from the Wolverines gave them a 39-35 lead at halftime.
From there, the floodgates opened up. At one point in the second half, Michigan pulled out to a 73-51 lead and the Tar Heels were in a shooting funk that saw them go through an 11-for-40 stretch from the field. North Carolina stormed back with a 12-2 un of their own to get things within 11 with under five minutes to play before a Matthews three-pointer put the Wolverines back up 14 with a 76-62 lead at the 4:29 mark. They would never look back, ultimately winning by 17.
Next up for Michigan hoops is the Big Ten conference opener against Purdue on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET from Crisler.