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Michigan's supporting cast overshadows Burke vs. Wolters

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

It was billed as a marquee battle between Trey Burke and Nate Wolters -- but Michigan vs. South Dakota State turned into the Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III show.

While Burke struggled to score -- and suffered a scary fall late in the second half -- it was the Wolverines' supporting cast that stepped up and led them to a 71-56 victory over the Jackrabbits.

Hardaway knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, while Robinson was hot at the start of the second half and finished with 21 as well. Freshman forward Mitch McGary was also a major factor, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Burke, meanwhile, shot just 2 for 12 from the field but did dish out seven assists.

South Dakota State actually jumped out to an early 16-10 lead, but an 11-4 Michigan run to start the second half pushed the Wolverines' lead to 11 points, and they didn't look back from there.

The big question heading into the game surrounded Wolters, who has become a cult-like figure due to his terrific play over the last three seasons. NBA scouts were paying attention to his showdown with Burke, and while Wolters also couldn't get going offensively, he had arguably his best defensive performance of the season against Burke. Moreover, he still found ways to dish out six assists and grab five boards. It wasn't the ideal way for Wolters to end his career, but holding his own against Burke was impressive nonetheless.

Fourth-seeded Michigan advances to play the winner of No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Akron. If the Wolverines do face the Rams' HAVOC pressure, Burke will need to have a better scoring performance.

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