ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Trey Burke rushed into the frontcourt, trying to take advantage of a 2-on-1 break. At the last moment, he softly lobbed the ball toward the rim, where Glenn Robinson III slammed it through the hoop.
That was the beginning of Michigan’s latest offensive clinic, a highlight reel of dunks, three-pointers, smooth ball handling and smart passing that overwhelmed Iowa in a 95-67 rout Sunday. Burke had 19 points and a career-high 12 assists for the second-ranked Wolverines. Robinson had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
With 7 minutes remaining in the first half, Michigan had only 17 points, making the eventual final score that much more startling.
We’ve been in a lot of games where 15 minutes into the first half, we might have had a double-digit lead, coach John Beilein said. We didn’t have that today. We closed well, and then we came out in the second half and really played good from the get-go.
Michigan (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) is a win away from matching the program’s best start to a season. The 1985-86 team began 16-0.
Devyn Marble scored 14 points for the Hawkeyes, who were holding opponents to 37 percent shooting before facing Michigan. The Wolverines shot 58 percent from the field and 10 of 22 from three-point range.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for Michigan.
The Wolverines aren’t a team that tries to force the tempo, but they routed Northwestern 94-66 on Thursday and beat Iowa by the same margin. It was the fourth straight game in which Michigan made at least 10 shots from three-point range.
We always thought, as we were trying to develop a coaching philosophy with my staff – and I have a great staff – that we wouldn’t change if we got more athletic, Beilein said. Some of these principles will still work, even if you did have better speed. We’ve always run wherever I’ve been, but we run a little faster now, jump a little higher.
Michigan turned the ball over only six times. Burke shot 7 of 10 from the field with just one turnover. That’s something that I admire because I know the more possessions we get, the better, Burke said. Me being a point guard out there for this team, I know it’s real important to make sure Nik (Stauskas) gets the ball when he’s open, make sure Tim gets the ball when he’s driving. I try to value the ball as much as possible.