The Michigan Wolverines remained undefeated Thursday night, crushing the Northwestern Wildcats, 94-66.
Michigan dominated from the opening tip, as it jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. The Wolverines led 51-30 at the break and continued to light up the scoreboard in the second half.
Point guard Trey Burke led the way, scoring 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. He hit four of his six three-pointers, and added five assists, four rebounds and four steals despite sitting much of the second half.
Burke also had plenty of help, as all five Michigan starters reached double digits. Tim Hardaway Jr. (21), Jordan Morgan (12), Glenn Robinson III (10) and Nik Stauskas (10) all had their moments offensively.
As a team, Michigan hit 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from downtown. The Wolverines also out-rebounded the Wildcats, 37-21. Morgan led all players with 13 boards, including five on the offensive glass.
With the win, the second-ranked Wolverines improved to 14-0 on the season. It is their best start since the 1985-86 season.
Meanwhile, Northwestern fell to 9-5. Both teams will continue conference play on Sunday.
Northwestern didn't have a ton of hope coming in, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out.
Northwestern hasnt beaten a top 5 team since January 27, 1979 vs a Magic Johnson-led Michigan State team— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 3, 2013
Just how good were the Wolverines in the first half? Check out this stat, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info once again.
Michigan's 51 first-half points vs Northwestern are its most against a Big Ten opponent since 1998 against Indiana.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 4, 2013
John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus described the Wolverines' first-half performance in an equally accurate (but less historical) manner.
Granted it's Northwestern, but Michigan just conducted a 20-minute clinic. Remorseless.— John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) January 4, 2013
Trey Burke was unquestionably the star of the game, as Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune mentioned.
There are 9 college basketball players on the floor. Plus Trey Burke. #lotterypick— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) January 4, 2013
But the Tweet of the Night goes to Tim Doyle of the Big Ten Network, who labeled Burke as the best point guard in America.
Watching Trey Burke live is like poetry in motion. Best pg in America!— Tim Doyle (@TimDoyle00) January 4, 2013
Missouri's Phil Pressey may disagree, but there's no denying Burke is an incredible talent.