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No. 2 Michigan now 17-0 after 80-60 win over Northwestern

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Zavier Simpson is Michigan's gritty point guard, and Jon Teske is the 7-foot-1 center. Together, they anchor the Wolverines' stellar defense.

When they suddenly start making 3-pointers as well, there's not much an opponent can do.

Simpson scored a career-high 24 points and Teske tied a career high with 17, leading No. 2 Michigan to an 80-60 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night. Simpson made five 3-pointers and Teske made three. With the win, the Wolverines are off to their best start in program history.

Michigan (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) started 16-0 on two previous occasions, including once before under coach John Beilein, in 2012-13.

''We've had some great teams, and I hate comparing great to great,'' Beilein said. ''But I do say that this team has the capacity - if we get that out of those two, I wouldn't like to guard that.''

Before Sunday, Teske had made five 3-pointers in 77 games at Michigan. Simpson had shot 28 percent beyond the arc over his 2 1/2 seasons with the Wolverines. They made eight of Michigan's 11 3-pointers on Sunday.

''We were going to live with some Simpson 3s and some Teske 3s,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ''Give those guys credit.''

Northwestern (10-7, 1-5) was without leading scorer Vic Law, who was out with a lower-body injury. The Wildcats lost by two to the Wolverines last month - one of only two Michigan games this season decided by single digits - but this one was no contest.

Simpson's hook shot off the glass gave the Wolverines an early 10-0 lead, and although Northwestern quickly battled back to within two, the game didn't stay close for long. Michigan made 13 of its final 16 shots from the field in the first half and led 50-28 at halftime.

Dererk Pardon scored 20 points for Northwestern.

The Wolverines have matched the longest winning streak in school history. They won 17 in a row in 1985 before losing in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan and Virginia are the only unbeaten teams remaining in Division I.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: The Wildcats had a real chance to beat Michigan at home in December, but with Law out of action, they couldn't keep it close Sunday and maybe shouldn't have been expected to.

Michigan: The Wolverines have won 31 of their last 32 games, with the only loss coming to Villanova in last year's national title game. They are a terrific defensive team, and they have plenty of ways to score as well. Michigan becomes even harder to beat when getting unexpected scoring from players like Teske and Simpson.

CRUCIAL ABSENCE

Collins said he had a feeling Saturday that Law wouldn't be able to play, and the team prepared to play without him.

''Vic is a very big part of our team, and he brings that element to the game that we don't have when he's not on the floor,'' Pardon said. ''But it was good for some of our freshmen and some of our young guys to get in there, mix it up in a high-level game like that to improve for the rest of the season.''

PAYBACK

Simpson's shooting was a liability in the first matchup with Northwestern, when he went 0 for 5 from 3-point range. He was ready this time .

''They were sagging off him,'' Teske said. ''They were daring him to shoot, and he did.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Top-ranked Duke won on a last-second shot Saturday, so Michigan will likely stay at No. 2.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: The Wildcats play at Rutgers on Friday night.

Michigan: The unbeaten run should get a real test when the Wolverines play at Wisconsin on Sunday.

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Key Players
V. Law
4 F
Z. Simpson
3 G
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
7.7 Pts. Per Game 7.7
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
43.2 Field Goal % 44.3
35.6 Three Point % 33.3
83.6 Free Throw % 55.6
  Personal foul on Tino Malnati 2.0
  Offensive rebound by Luke Wilson 3.0
  Rico Ozuna-Harrison missed 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
  Lost ball turnover on Miller Kopp, stolen by David DeJulius 28.0
  Lost ball turnover on Rico Ozuna-Harrison, stolen by Tino Malnati 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Luke Wilson 53.0
  Barret Benson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 53.0
+ 1 Barret Benson made 1st of 2 free throws 53.0
  Shooting foul on Rico Ozuna-Harrison 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Barret Benson 59.0
  Miller Kopp missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
Team Stats
Points 60 80
Field Goals 23-54 (42.6%) 31-59 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 4-17 (23.5%) 11-27 (40.7%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 7-9 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 28 33
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 20 22
Team 2 3
Assists 11 14
Steals 4 10
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 13 13
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 2 REB
24 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Northwestern 10-7 283260
home team logo 2 Michigan 17-0 503080
Team Stats
away team logo Northwestern 10-7 65.9 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan 17-0 70.4 PPG 37.7 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
5
D. Pardon C 14.0 PPG 7.8 RPG 1.8 APG 57.1 FG%
3
Z. Simpson G 9.2 PPG 4.9 RPG 6.6 APG 44.2 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Pardon C 20 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
Z. Simpson G 24 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
42.6 FG% 52.5
23.5 3PT FG% 40.7
76.9 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Pardon 20 2 0 10/16 0/4 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 1 1
R. Taylor 15 2 0 4/8 4/7 3/3 1 32 1 0 1 0 2
A. Gaines 8 10 1 2/8 0/1 4/4 1 25 1 0 2 2 8
P. Nance 4 4 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 30 0 3 1 1 3
A. Turner 3 2 6 1/7 0/3 1/2 1 35 0 2 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Pardon 20 2 0 10/16 0/4 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 1 1
R. Taylor 15 2 0 4/8 4/7 3/3 1 32 1 0 1 0 2
A. Gaines 8 10 1 2/8 0/1 4/4 1 25 1 0 2 2 8
P. Nance 4 4 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 30 0 3 1 1 3
A. Turner 3 2 6 1/7 0/3 1/2 1 35 0 2 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kopp 8 2 3 4/5 0/1 0/0 1 23 1 0 4 0 2
B. Benson 2 2 0 0/4 0/1 2/4 1 9 0 0 0 2 0
A. Falzon 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 1
T. Malnati 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
R. Greer 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 1 0 1
V. Law - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 26 11 23/54 4/17 10/13 13 200 4 5 13 6 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Simpson 24 5 4 9/17 5/10 1/2 1 34 3 0 0 0 5
J. Teske 17 11 0 7/11 3/5 0/0 0 35 3 2 1 2 9
C. Matthews 13 3 3 6/10 0/2 1/1 3 36 1 1 4 2 1
I. Brazdeikis 11 4 2 5/9 0/2 1/2 2 22 0 0 0 1 3
J. Poole 7 2 3 2/6 1/3 2/2 3 26 0 0 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Simpson 24 5 4 9/17 5/10 1/2 1 34 3 0 0 0 5
J. Teske 17 11 0 7/11 3/5 0/0 0 35 3 2 1 2 9
C. Matthews 13 3 3 6/10 0/2 1/1 3 36 1 1 4 2 1
I. Brazdeikis 11 4 2 5/9 0/2 1/2 2 22 0 0 0 1 3
J. Poole 7 2 3 2/6 1/3 2/2 3 26 0 0 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Livers 8 1 0 2/2 2/2 2/2 1 21 2 1 1 1 0
A. Davis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Brooks 0 1 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 1 0 1
L. Wilson 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
R. Ozuna-Harrison 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
D. DeJulius 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1
B. Johns Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Nunez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Baird - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Castleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 30 14 31/59 11/27 7/9 13 200 10 4 9 8 22