No. 2 Michigan wins big over Northwestern to secure best start in program history

No. 2 Michigan wins big over Northwestern to secure best start in program history

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No. 2 Michigan wins big over Northwestern to secure best start in program history

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No Vic Law? Huge problem for Northwestern.

The Wildcats came out swinging in Ann Arbor against the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines, after facing a 10-0 deficit at the hands of the maize and blue. But Michigan wasn’t going to let that stand.

While the two teams traded blows for some time, with Northwestern erasing the wide gap and bringing it to within two, Michigan remained steadfast, keeping a slight lead throughout much of the first half.  But an unlikely candidate for the Wolverines started raining threes, and pushed the maize and blue to a commanding 22 point lead at the half.

Michigan center Jon Teske made things happen to push his team ahead in impressive fashion, hitting a three, getting a block on the other end of the court, which led to a layup, and then two consecutive three-pointers.

But that didn’t mean the Wildcats were going to sit by idly and be dismantled by the No. 2 team in the nation.

Michigan went 2 of 11 from the floor in the early going of the second half, and Northwestern got back within 13. But after some back-and-forth, the Wolverines started to pull back away, starting with a Zavier Simpson and Isaiah Livers hitting back-to-back three-pointers before the under-8 media timeout. The maize and blue hit 42% from three on the day, which helped propel the Wolverines to a 80-60 win over the Wildcats.

Among the hot shooters, Michigan had four players in double digits, led by Simpson, who scored a career-high 24 points and was 5 of 10 from behind the arc. Jon Teske had yet another double-double, scoring 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Charles Matthews had 13, while freshman Ignas Brazdeikis added 11.

The commanding victory puts the Wolverines at 17-0, marking the best ever start to a season by a Michigan basketball team, with the previous record having been 16-0 — made twice, in both 1986-87 and 2012-13.

The Wolverines don’t suit back up until Saturday, when Michigan travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin. That game will take place at the Kohl Center at noon EST.

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