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Michigan sure-handed in No. 1 return

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway pumps his fist after hitting a basket in the first half.

Associate Press

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway pumps his fist after hitting a basket in the first half.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke raised his eyebrows in disbelief when asked about Michigan's most remarkable stat of the night.

"We only had two turnovers as a team?" Burke said.

The top-ranked Wolverines were nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night, and they went on to an easy 68-46 victory over Northwestern.

Burke had 18 points and eight assists in Michigan's first game as the Associated Press's No. 1 team since the 1992-93 season.

The Wolverines (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten) made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn't commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.

Michigan's two turnovers for the game equaled a national low for any team this season, according to STATS LLC.

"There's been times we had two turnovers … in the first minute," coach John Beilein said. "We'll take it, and we'll move on."

The Wolverines now prepare for Saturday night's showdown at No. 3 Indiana. Michigan fans began chanting "Beat the Hoosiers!" toward the end of Wednesday's game.

Michigan played without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained his right ankle last weekend. Jon Horford started in Morgan's place and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

NO. 3 INDIANA 97, PURDUE 60: Cody Zeller had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and all five starters scored in double figures for the visiting Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten).

NO. 5 DUKE 75, WAKE FOREST 70: Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 and Seth Curry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes for the visiting Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 ACC).

NO. 14 MIAMI 73, VA. TECH 64: Shane Larkin had 25 points and the visiting Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 ACC) took command with a 13-2 second-half run en route to their eighth straight victory. Miami is the first school other than Duke or North Carolina to start 7-0 in the ACC since Virginia in 1981.

LSU 73, NO. 17 MISSOURI 70: Anthony Hickey scored 14 of his 20 in the second half for LSU. Missouri (15-5, 4-3 SEC) has lost all four of its true road games this season.

NO. 18 KANSAS ST. 83, TEXAS 57: Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench as the host Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) snapped a two-game skid.

NO. 20 NEW MEXICO 63, WYOMING 59: Cameron Bairstow scored 17 for the visiting Lobos (18-3, 5-1 Mountain West), who handed the Cowboys their third straight loss.

NO. 21 CREIGHTON 91, MISSOURI ST. 77: Doug McDermott had 29 points and made five of the host Bluejays' 15 3s as Creighton (19-3, 8-2 Missouri Valley) tied Wichita State atop the league.

NO. 24 CINCINNATI 62, RUTGERS 54: Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points and the host Bearcats (17-4, 5-3 Big East) intensified their defense in the second half to overcome a 10-point deficit.

NO. 16 MISSISSIPPI: Sophomore forward Aaron Jones, a key reserve, is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday's loss to Kentucky. The Rebels play at No. 4 Florida on Saturday.

NORTH CAROLINA: Sophomore guard P.J. Hairston is doubtful for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech after suffering a concussion at Boston College on Tuesday night.

SERIES CONTINUES: Syracuse and St. John's, who started their basketball rivalry more than a century ago, will play for at least two more years even as the original members of the Big East part ways next season. A game will be played at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, 2013, and they will meet at the Carrier Dome in 2014-15.

GAME PPD.: Ohio's home game against Eastern Michigan was postponed because the campus shut down as a precaution amid a search for an armed robbery suspect. The game was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

State

UCF 58, TULANE 50: Isaiah Sykes had 20 points and the visiting Knights (15-5, 5-1 C-USA) rallied for their fourth straight win.

TAMPA 77, FLA. TECH 74: Anthony Griffis had 23 points as the host Spartans (14-6, 2-6 Sunshine State) rallied to snap a three-game skid.

ECKERD 81, LYNN 70: Darrien Mack had 21 points to lead five players in double figures for the visiting Tritons (12-4, 5-3 SSC).

SAINT LEO 68, PB ATLANTIC 62: Marcus Ruh had 24 points for the host Lions (14-4), who clinched a second straight winning season for the first time in the program's 27 years.

Michigan sure-handed in No. 1 return 01/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:52pm]

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