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Trey Burke, No. 1 Michigan too much for Northwestern basketball in 68-46 win

Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) looks pass around defense Northwestern forward Mike Turner (10) during first half an NCAA college

Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) looks to pass around the defense of Northwestern forward Mike Turner (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. --- The Wildcats had discovered a pace of play that has made them more successful since they were buried by Michigan in their Big Ten opener. They also had leading scorer Reggie Hearn on the floor, which wasn’t the case on Jan. 3.

But Michigan had Trey Burke, and on Wednesday night at Crisler Center, that’s what mattered most.

Burke scored 18 points and had eight assists as No. 1 Michigan defeated Northwestern 68-46.

Glenn Robinson III had 13, Nik Stauskas 11 and Jon Horford 10 for the Wolverines.

Alex Olah led Northwestern with 10 points. Jared Swopshire added eight points and eight rebounds.

There was reason to believe Northwestern (12-10 overall, 3-6 Big Ten) would keep it closer than they did in a 94-66 loss to Michigan (20-1, 7-1) earlier this season. And while the second game was more competitive, whenever the Wildcats cut the lead to single digits, Burke took over and Michigan padded its lead.

Six straight points from freshman center Olah helped the Wildcats pull to within nine early in the second half but Dave Sobolewski missed three free throws before Burke scored or assisted on 14 straight points as the Wolverines pulled away.

Burke dictated play during a first-half sequence that began with his alley-oop pass to Glenn Robinson for a dunk and an eight-point lead. Trey buried a long jumper on Michigan’s next possession before doing the same with Dave Sobolewski’s hand in his face and the shot clock winding down on the Wolverine’s next trip down the floor to give the hosts a 12-point lead that grew to 15 at the break.

Northwestern made just 4 of 19 three-pointers and 4 of 8 free throws.

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