First things first, the Michigan Wolverines looked real good on Thursday night, cruising past South Dakota State by a final score of 71-56.
The Wolverines’ star point guard and Big Ten Player of the Year however, was virtually kept in check — at least in comparison to his normal production. Trey Burke was limited to just six points, but did manage seven assists. Burke struggled shooting the basketball, finishing the game 2-of-12 overall from the field.
With that being said however, credit the Wolverines. Michigan proved that Burke does not always need to bail them out and that’s a very good sign moving forward within the NCAA Tournament. Burke’s back court mates — Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III — scored 21 points apiece, each individually scoring more points than Burke and his Thursday night match-up combined.
That match-up that is being referred to is obviously South Dakota State star Nate Wolters. The Jackrabbits’ under-the-radar superstar was kept in check in his own right on Thursday night, but unlike Michigan, South Dakota State just didn’t have the additional talent to keep things close.
Wolters was held to just ten points, a number well below his season average. He shot 3-of-14 from the field and four of his ten total points actually came from the charity stripe. Wolters was 0-for-5 from distance.
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