Trey Burke promises not to be too nervous when his No. 1-ranked and undefeated Michigan Wolverines play in Big Ten action Sunday at No. 15 Ohio State in his hometown. He can’t afford to be. The Wolverines are going to need him.
The NCAA basketball nation will be focusing on Columbus and hopes to see if Burke can help his Wolverines stay undefeated, and not let his nervousness get the best of him.
“I’ve decided to go back home and play in my hometown and for people who don’t seem me play in Michigan,” Burke said. “I was excited last year, unfortunately we lost. I’ll be excited again.
“Last year was new and there were some jitters. Now that I have some years under my belt I won’t be as nervous. I didn’t know how the crowd would react. Now I’m used to it and getting booed by crowds. I know a lot of people want me to do well and lose and a lot want to see me do bad and lose.”
Burke flatly denies he still burns over Ohio State’s decision not to recruit him actively.
But deep down, Burke has those competitive desires. He’s only human. He’d loved to beat OSU for that reason alone although he won’t admit to it.
“I understand why. They had Aaron Craft and were looking at Shannon Scott,” he said. “It made me work harder. I feel I’m in the best location I could have been in. I’m in right place. I’m happy here. Now that I’m here at Michigan, I’ve learned the culture here; I feel I’m in the right place. Playing against them will be fun.”
Burke will admit to taking some pride in playing for the No. 2-ranked team in the country. But Ohio State has plenty of incentive to pull off the win. The Wolverines need a big road win like this to justify their No. 2 rating.