The Michigan Wolverines traveled to Illinois for their second on the road game of the season. Upon avenging themselves against Villanova at their last away game, the unranked Northwestern Wildcats weren’t to be of concern. But despite sitting at a No. 5 ranking, the spread was only -5 in favor of a Michigan win, and they only barely took home the W by two points.
The Wolverines had won 8 of their last games by 17 points or more, and it’s not like all of those wins were against lower-level teams either. Some of those them were against teams like Villanova and North Carolina.
Jordan Poole started the Wolverines off strong, scoring 9 points within the first 5 minutes – 4 of those points thanks to some fouling by Northwestern’s Ryan Taylor. Poole ultimately finished the game with 15 points, making a dunk to give the Wolverines the lead of 62-60 within the last 2 minutes.
Returning junior Jon Teske had one of his most impressive games of the season. His 7-foot-1-inch height came in handy when he completed 10 rebounds and 7 defensive rebounds. Northwestern’s Vic Law also had some strong rebounds, as well as putting up 19 points and playing almost the entirety of the game.
It had been almost 5 years since Michigan basketball left Evanston, Ill with a win. John Beilein’s team is off to one of their best starts since the 2012 season. And judging by the dominating games this team has played, it’s no surprise a final four appearance is already buzzing around Ann Arbor.
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