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Trey Burke leads No. 4 Michigan past No. 9 Michigan State

Mar 3, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

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No. 4 Michigan ranks among the best shooting teams in America, and when they’re on from the perimeter the Wolverines are a very tough team to beat. So how did John Beilein’s team beat No. 9 Michigan State 58-57 despite shooting 0-of-12 from beyond the arc?

Trey Burke.

The sophomore point guard was the difference for the Wolverines (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten), scoring 21 points, dishing out eight assists (two turnovers) and racking up five steals. And dunk after picking Keith Appling’s pocket with just over 20 seconds remaining gave Michigan a 58-56 lead.

The Spartans (22-7, 11-5) failed to get off a final shot as Burke picked up another steal, giving the Wolverines a much-needed win following their loss at Penn State on Wednesday. Burke scored 18 points in the 84-78 loss to the Nittany Lions but he finished with as many turnovers (six) as assists.

As Burke goes so goes Michigan, as evidenced by his teammates occasionally leaning too heavily on the sophomore to make something happen offensively. Tim Hardaway Jr. shot 3-of-12 from the field and Mitch McGary was the only other Wolverine to reach double figures, scoring 11 points off the bench. Michigan needed Burke to deliver and he did just that, making plays on both ends of the floor to get the Wolverines over the finish line.

The Wolverines were also out-rebounded 44-29, with Michigan State grabbing 19 offensive rebounds (16 second chance points). But Michigan State also turned the ball over 18 times, which prevented them from taking advantage of Michigan’s poor perimeter shooting.

Is Burke the best player in college basketball? That’s certainly up for debate, with players such as Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr., Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Creighton’s Doug McDermott among the players also in the discussion.

But Burke certainly has a case, and his impact on Sunday’s outcome is the latest example of just how important he is to Michigan.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. inhokewetrust - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    IT’S OVER…..
    Player of the year….no one but TREY BURKE….last basket and 2 steals at the end….no dought…how does it feel OHIO knowing one of your own is player if the year for MICHIGAN

    • florida727 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Just curious, #inhoke… what the heck is a “dought”? Is it anything like a DOUBT? Ahh… the value of an education in Ann Arbor.

    • dexterismyhero - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      hahahaha….remember Penn State?

      No “dought” you do not!!!!!

  2. operwapitsai - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    lol MSU definitely blew that game. personally I think they will go deeper into march than the wolverines

  3. inhokewetrust - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    If MICHIGAN can’t hit any 3′s…your right…their done

  4. gr3710 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    how did Michigan win? didn’t make a three and they were giving the game away in the last few minutes.

  5. creek0512 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Trey Burke can have POY, Oladipo will take Big Ten Title.

  6. buckeyeluvn - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    How does it feel not having him? Id rather have Craft. What has Burke done against him? Oh yeah, he sucked!

  7. walterwhite1976 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Mr Buckeye sounds like there’s still sour grapes over that last loss to Michigan. Craft can’t get every single call. Get over it. Anyway, Michigan won because they defended in crunch time while shooting 0-13 from 3. The 0-13 happens once every 5 years. The Defense would be nice to see every game from Michigan.

  8. jpopejoy - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Burke played terrible from 4min-30 sec left. Tried to play “hero ball” and went totally out offense, allowing MSU back in the game. I knew media would forget that bc the last 2 plays he made. He doesn’t play team ball.

  9. jpopejoy - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    People also do a great job of ignoring his number of shots. 17 shots for 21 isn’t really all that impressive. Zeller had 13 shots for 22 and Oladipo 6 shots for 10. It’s all relative. IU will win Tuesday making the “rematch” w Michigan worthless to IU.

  10. florida727 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I’m a Florida fan, but I love watching Big Ten basketball. As stupid as it may sound, you could almost make an argument that all four #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament can come from the Big Ten. Relax… I know it won’t happen. Duke fans would get angry :) Don’t be surprised though if several Big Ten teams go deep in the tournament. I’m hoping Florida doesn’t get one of them in the 1st or 2nd round!

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