Found January 09, 2013 on
Michigan Basketball (15-0, 2-0) will look to remain perfect when they host Nebraska on Wednesday night. Tip off is scheduled for 7pm and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska comes to town with a 9-6 record and they are 0-2 in Big Ten play. The Huskers best win was a 63-51 victory over USC on December 3rd. They have three players averaging double figures in scoring; Dy lan Talley (13.5), Ray Gallegos (13.0), and Brandon Ubel (12.5). Nebraska possesses some dreadful team statistics. They rank 320th nationally in scoring (59.1), 261st in rebounding and 205th in field goal percentage (42.4). This is a colossal mismatch.
Michigan has opened the Big Ten season by demolishing Northwestern and Iowa and playing at an incredibly efficient level. They are being hailed by many as the best offensive team in the country and the stats bear that out. The Wolverines lead the nation in points per possession (1.26) and rank 3rd in assist-turnover ratio (1.76). Michigan ranks 2nd nationally in field goal percentage (52.2), 4th in three-point percentage (42.3) and 7th in scoring (82.0).
It all starts with the Wolverines All-American point guard, Trey Burke. He is having an absolutely fabulous season. Burke’s stats are like something straight out of a video game. He is averaging 18.2 points per game — which ranks third in the Big Ten. He is the only Wolverine to score in double-digits in all 15 games this season, including six 20-plus point games. Burke ranks 6th in the country with 7.5 assists per game. He is shooting 54.6% from the field and 40.6% from three-point range. Over the last 10 games, Trey Burke has 79 assists to just 11 total turnovers.
What makes Burke even more dangerous to opposing teams is the vast array of weapons he is surrounded by on the court. High-flying freshman Glenn Robinson III is only scratching the surface of how good he can be. That’s a scary thought considering he ranks 4th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (59.2) and is averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. Robinson III is exceptional in the open court and he resembles the Hulk and Spiderman with his jaw-dropping dunks. Nik Stauskas is lights out from beyond the arc and has also showcased his ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. Against Iowa, he did just that and threw down an impressive two-handed dunk.
I haven’t even mentioned Tim Hardaway Jr. yet, who is playing with greater efficiency and explosiveness this year. He is also playing with that hard-edge mentality. Mitch McGary has been playing with a contagious enthusiam and just keeps getting better. Jordan Morgan is playing the best basketball of his career and Caris LeVert has been a revelation as he has gone from likely redshirting to being a major contributor.
Michigan should cruise past Nebraska and then things will get tougher next week with trips to Ohio State and Minnesota on tap.
Predictions: So far this season Joe and I are both 15-0 predicting the outcome of Michigan Basketball games. In our pre-season projections we both had the Wolverines starting the season 16-0 and we both think they will achieve that feat with a victory over the Huskers.
Joe: Michigan 92-68
Rob: Michigan 92-62
Jon Horford practiced full court and might be able to play against the Huskers
Trey Burke was named the Big Ten Player of the Week and Glenn Robinson III was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week
Michigan is 10-0 at Crisler Center this season and 25-1 over the last two seasons.
With a win, Michigan will match the school record for the best to a season, which was 16-0 in the 1985-86 campaign
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If you missed our post game video from Sunday’s victory over Iowa, you can watch that below.
BEST OF MAXIM
On Wednesday night, Michigan Basketball improved to 16-0, 2-0 with a 62-47 win over Nebraska at Crisler Center. The win ties the school record for best start to a season. The 1985-86 team also started 16-0. For our game recap click here: Michigan Basketball vs Nebraska.
Our photographer, Todd White, was on hand and here are some photos from the game.
Michigan basketball (16-0, 3-0) picked up what turned out to be a very scrappy win against a Nebraska team that pushed the Wolverines all night long. A strong second half by the Wolverines eventually led them to a 62-47 win. The perfect 16-0 start matches the best beginning to a season in school history, tying the 1985-86 Wolverines’ effort.
How They Won
The outcome of this game...
Trey Burke's season is getting even more attention.
A few days after winning both the Big Ten and national Player of the Week awards, the Michigan point guard was placed on the 25-man shortlist for the John Wooden Player of the Year award. Burke is one of four Big Ten players on the list, joining Illinois guard Brandon Paul, Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas and Indiana forward...
Our weekly feature tracking the performance of Michigan players over the last week’s action.
Glenn Robinson III: 9 (Last Week: 7.5)
Robinson continues to be one of the most efficient Wolverines on the roster: the freshman hasn’t shot below 50 percent from the field since Western Michigan in early December. Against Iowa, Robinson had perhaps the quietest double...
Before Michigan’s trip to Peoria, Illinois in early December, Caris LeVert looked as though he was headed for a redshirt freshman season. A little over a month later, the Pickerington, OH native is the most-used Michigan bench player outside of Mitch McGary. With every opportunity, LeVert seems to improve. He’s become steadily more efficient on the offensive end...
John Beilein spoke with the media during his post-game press conference after his team’s 62-47 win over Nebraska. Beilein addressed the slow pace of the game, how the experience will help Michigan moving forward and how it feels to be 16-0, tying the best start in Michigan history. Beilein also said Jon Horford could have played, and he may play on Sunday if he does well in practice...
Sooner or later it was bound to happen. Michigan had a bad shooting night. Entering their third conference game against Nebraska, the Wolverines’ worst individual...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Another week means another award haul at the Crisler Center.
After blowout wins over Northwestern and Iowa to start Big Ten play, Michigan swept the weekly conference awards. Trey Burke was named Player of the Week and Glenn Robinson III was named Freshman of the Week.
Burke had 42 points, 17 assists and only three turnovers as he picked up his second Player...
John Beilein, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Caris LeVert met with the media earlier this afternoon to discuss Michigan’s upcoming game against Nebraska. John Beilein shared the most notable news of the day, that Jon Horford had resumed practicing full court and could be ready to play for Wednesday night’s game against Nebraska.
Hardaway and LeVert after the jump.
Trey Burke? Mason Plumlee? Ben McLemore?
All are great, but only one can win college hoops' Player of the Year award. And they have a lot of competition.
The midseason Wooden Award watch list was released Thursday, identifying 25 frontrunners in the race for the most prestigious honor.
The top 25 to watch are: UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett; Missouri senior forward...
Michigan played Nebraska’s game but still managed to escape with a 62-47 victory. The Cornhuskers slowed the game to a crawl while the Wolverines put forth their worst shooting performance of the season (by a wide margin). The win was ugly, especially for a team that wants to be considered among the nation’s best, but the result counts the same
Michigan looks to match its best start in program history with a home game against Nebraska tonight. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Greg Kelser on the call.
Join in the discussion before, during and after the game in the comments section below.
Game 16: Nebraska at Michigan Preview
Notebook: Caris LeVert...
Early Brackets: ESPN, CBS & SI– Michigan is a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region in all three brackets updated this week.
Jay Bilas and Chad Ford – Top five underrated players in college basketball – ESPN – Jay Bilas: “Glenn Robinson III: The Big Dog’s pup, Robinson III is super athletic, runs the lanes on the break and can really finish. Better yet, he is just scratching...
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Joe Weis writes: Besides limiting turnovers and hitting more foul shots, what is the one focus area to match up with (and beat) a Michigan team that has looked so dominating thus far...