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Trey Burke struggled to knock down jump shots against the Buckeyes.
Overall Game Grade: C
Although Trey Burke has played well beyond his years for much of the 2012-13 season, the sophomore point guard's youth and veteran Aaron Craft's lockdown defense was too much for the Michigan Wolverines to overcome on Sunday afternoon.
Burke entered the clash with the Ohio State Buckeyes averaging seven assists and just under two turnovers per game. Craft and the Buckeyes held Burke to four assists and forced him to turn the ball over four times.
The Columbus, Ohio native forced the issue too many times for the Wolverines, especially late in the game when Michigan had opportunities to take the lead after trailing by as many as 21 points.
The 6'0", 190-pounder nearly airballed a three-pointer in transition with three minutes left in the game and followed that up by throwing the ball away on the ensuing inbound pass under the basket.
Two possessions prior to that, Burke jacked up a contested jumper early in the shot clock instead of slowing down the tempo, running some offensive sets and getting a quality shot to either tie the game or take the lead with 5:10 remaining in the second half.
Despite his four-for-13 night from the field, Burke did have several shining moments as well en route to a 15-point performance.
Burke had a brilliant crossover on a fast break late in the first half to get an easy layup, made a slick bounce pass around a double team to freshman Mitch McGary for an open two and cut Ohio State's lead to four points with under eight minutes to go by getting some separation from Craft and knocking down an open jumper.
The officials cost Burke a chance at a three-point play after a steal and finish on a fast break with a little less than two minutes to play. Michigan had to take the ball out of bounds instead of getting more points on the board.
The preseason All-American had his potential go-ahead three-ball fall halfway down only to rattle out with 14 seconds left in regulation.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Burke's great plays were overshadowed by his poor shooting performance and relatively ineffective game at point guard.