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January 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  men's basketball Basketball Notebook • Sophomore point guard Trey Burke became Michigan's • U-M tied its season high with seven steals against Bingfirst Big Ten Player of the Week this season Dec. 17. Burke hamton. McGary added a career-high 10 rebounds for the averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, Wolverines. shooting 71.4 percent from the field (20 of 28) and 50.0 per• Michigan's 81-66 win over West Virginia in the Brookcent (4 of 8) from three-point range in lyn Winter Hoops Festival Dec. 15 gave U-M's sweep of Binghamton and West Beilein something he hadn't experienced Virginia. in 35 years as a head coach — an 11-0 • Freshman swingman Nik Stauskas has start to a season. It also gave him a vicbeen one of the biggest movers among tory over the school where he coached Michigan's newcomers. Not only did he for several seasons, with a level of sucearn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honcess that caused U-M to take a serious ors for two straight weeks at the end of look and eventually hire him away. November, he made his first start Dec. 1 • Burke set a career high with 12 field at Bradley. goals in the win over West Virginia, Stauskas came off the bench to score played at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. 20 points in Michigan's Big Ten/ACC ChalBurke wound up with 27 points, and lenge victory over North Carolina State, has scored in double figures in 41 of 45 then set a career high with 22 in the start games played at U-M. against Bradley. Over the course of the • Robinson blocked a pair of shots two games, Stauskas hit 67.0 percent of against West Virginia, representing a cahis three-point shots, 56.0 percent from reer high for the freshman. the field and registered a perfect 6 of 6 • Michigan featured two scorers among from the free throw line. Sophomore point guard Trey Burke earned the top five in the Big Ten through Dec. • Stauskas recorded a career-high four Big Ten Player of the Week honors Dec. 17 17. Burke (18.0) and Hardaway (15.7) assists in Michigan's 73-41 win over West- after averaging 23.0 points and 6.5 assists in were third and fourth, respectively, ern Michigan at Crisler Center Dec. 4. U-M's two wins earlier that week. among conference point producers. photo by per kjeldsen Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas led the Meanwhile, the Wolverines limited the Broncos to opponent season lows of 28.9 percent (13 of 45) conference, averaging 20.3 points per game, followed by Ilshooting and 11.8 percent (2 of 17) on three-pointers. linois' Brandon Paul (18.8). Stauskas climbed to No. 18 in the • U-M forced a season-high 18 turnovers by Western Michileague (13.2). gan, and tallied a season high with seven team steals. Burke • Robinson represented the Wolverines in the league's retied his career high with three steals in the game. Burke later bounding top 20, his 6.5 average placing him 12th. He was matched that mark in the win over West Virginia. sixth in the league in average offensive rebounds, collecting • Freshman swingman Caris LeVert notched his first career 2.6 per game. His 54.2 shooting percentage had him 13th in points in the Western Michigan contest, nailing a first-half the Big Ten, while Morgan was second in the league at 63.5 three-pointer. All five of Michigan's freshmen scored against percent, behind only Indiana's Victor Oladipo (65.8). the Broncos. One of them, Mitch McGary, tallied a career-high • Burke paced all Big Ten assist men through 11 Michigan 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting. games, his 7.0 average leading a pair of Buckeyes, Scott Shan• The Wolverines' 80-67 win over Arkansas Dec. 8 pushed non (5.0) and Aaron Craft (4.8). Burke was also tied for 15th in Michigan ahead in the all-time series between the two the Big Ten, averaging 1.3 steals per game. He stood fourth in schools. U-M now leads, 4-3. the league in assist-to-turnover ratio, at 3.3. • Michigan head coach John Beilein earned win No. 100 as • Stauskas appears ready to battle with Indiana's Christian Michigan's boss with the Arkansas victory. He became the Watford for honors as the Big Ten's best free throw shooter. seventh coach in U-M basketball history to hit that mark. Watford led the league by connecting on 41 of 45 (91.1 Beilein later quipped that he hoped the next 100 will come percent), while Stauskas remained in steady pursuit at 28 of much easier than did the first 100. 31 (90.3 percent). Indiana rookie Yogi Ferrell was third (89.7 • Redshirt sophomore Jon Horford registered a season-high percent). three blocked shots in the win over the Razorbacks. That • Stauskas also sat at the top of the Big Ten in three-point helped the Wolverines to a season-high six blocks as a team. shooting among those with 20 or more attempts. Through • All five Michigan starters scored in double figures against Dec. 17, Indiana's Remy Abell led the league with a 10-of-16 Arkansas, the first time that's happened all season for the effort (62.5 percent), with Stauskas hitting 29 of 53 (54.7 perWolverines and the first time it's happened since Dec. 22, cent). Stauskas' 29 three-pointers represent the third-highest 2011 against Bradley at Crisler. Freshman forward Glenn Robtotal in the Big Ten behind Paul's 33 and the 30 by Illinois' D.J. inson III led the way with 17, followed by Burke (16), junior Richardson. Stauskas averaged 2.6 three-pointers per game, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (14), Stauskas (12) and redshirt junior behind only Nebraska's Ray Gallegos and Paul (2.8) and OSU's forward Jordan Morgan (12). Thomas (2.7). • Michigan knocked off Binghamton 67-39 Dec. 11, marking • Michigan features more depth than it did a year ago, but the first time all year the Wolverines limited a foe to fewer still has a pair of players among the top 10 in the league in avthan 40 points. The Wolverines committed a season-low four erage minutes played. Burke stood seventh (33.7) and Hardfouls in the game. away eighth (33.4) on the docket of the league's iron men. January 2013    the wolverine  41

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