Heading into the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Michigan Wolverines found themselves tied with a team who only has eight wins all season long. To make matters worse for Michigan, this game was coming on the heels of a two game losing streak. If the pressure wasn’t starting to press itself against the shoulders of the Wolverine players at half, I don’t know what else would.
However, thanks to Trey Burke being awesome and scoring 29 points, the Wolverines were able to escape their match-up with a victory, improving their record to 22-4 and 9-4 in conference play.
It was the usual suspects (minus one) for Michigan, led by Burke, who narrowly helped Michigan avoid being in one of the biggest upsets of the season. Burke was aided in the second half, as Glenn Robinson III added 21 points to go along with 10 boards. Even Nik Stauskas added six more points than his average usually calls for and finished with 18 of his own. It was also good to know that if Tim Hardaway Jr. is struggling for the Wolverines, that they can still find offense in other places.
Regardless of the fact that Michigan let a team with less than 10 wins hang around, the victory is still another notch in their win column. However, next time they face-off against PSU it will be in Happy Valley, so who knows if this is a sign of an upset to come.
Michigan has an entire week off before their next game. Getting the victory, whether it was ugly or not, is a nice way heading into that kind of break.
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