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Michigan’s Trey Burke Realizes Outstanding Defense Will Beat Indiana

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Burke had a big game against Northwestern on Wednesday night. But he hopes he saves his very best for Saturday when No. 1 Michigan visits No. 3 Indiana in NCAA basketball action.

Burke scored 18 points and had eight assists in a 68-46 win over the Wildcats. All attention keeps focusing on Saturday so it was in Burke’s favor to not look ahead and take care of business. It has happened before that a team like Michigan gets knocked off prior to a game carrying plenty of national attention.

Burke and the Wolverines couldn’t miss against Northwestern. They’ll need to take that shooting excellence to Indiana. Keep an eye on the shooting percentage for the Wolverines against the Hoosiers and that will determine if they’re going to win or lose that game.

But consider what they did against Northwestern with assists on 25 field goals and getting 34 points inside the paint. If the Wolverines can play somewhat in that vicinity against the Hoosiers, they should score a big road victory on Saturday.

But it won’t be easy and Burke knows it.

“It’s going to be crazy and I’m looking forward to it. We’re all looking forward to it,” Burke said. “Indiana is a good team, they feed off their crowd. They’re tough to beat at Bloomington.”

Both Michigan and Indiana have proven they have excellent offenses. Defense will win that game, Burke pointed out. Both teams can score. But who will play the best defense?

“We know we have to stay humble and get better every day,” he said.