The No. 25 Michigan basketball team travelled to Nebraska for its first conference game against the Cornhuskers. The Wolverines picked up a 62-46 win and have yet to lose two games in a row this season. The Wolverines have a 7-0 record after losses this season, the best in the country.
Coach John Beilein had never been to the state of Nebraska before and for a while in the first half, it looked like his first trip could end sourly, but with a solid second half that included more of an inside-outside game than the Wolverines saw in the first, Michigan pulled off a win.
Stat of the Game: Only three Wolverines scored in the first half.
Freshman point guard Trey Burke and senior guards Stu Douglass and Zack Novak scored 100 percent of Michigan's first-half points. Most of those buckets were from behind the arc (they had only three 2-pointers), and zero points were scored in the paint. But they led Michigan to a seven-point halftime lead. The game changed when ... unsurprisingly, other Michigan players scored.
The Wolverines led 22-15 at halftime and started the second half with a 10-2 run. Six of those points came from redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan (who would finish with eight points and six rebounds), all of which were layups. Then sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. caught on and took the ball inside after starting the game poorly (0-for-7 in the first half). Hardaway Jr. would end the game with six points, three rebounds and three assists. Then junior guard Matt Vogrich hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions. Vogrich hit another 3-pointer just minutes later. Once other players stepped up, the Wolverines were able to put away the Cornhuskers.
Michigan played well despite being on the road again.
The Wolverines haven't looked too stellar in any of their road games. This was their second road win of the season (the first was at Purdue). Nebraska has struggled in its freshman year in the Big Ten, but the road hasn't been very kind to Michigan. With a strong defensive front (Michigan held Nebraska 16 points under its scoring average) the Wolverines were able to give Beilein his largest margin of victory in a conference road game in his five years at Michigan.