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No. 9 Michigan beats Nebraska 82-53 in home finale

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) For the first time all season, Michigan needed to change its starting lineup.

The Wolverines didn't miss a beat.

Jon Teske scored a career-high 22 points, and No. 9 Michigan easily rebounded from its loss to Michigan State with an 82-53 victory over Nebraska on Thursday night. The Wolverines were without Charles Matthews, out with a right ankle injury, but Isaiah Livers replaced him in the starting lineup and had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

''Charles, he does a lot of great things. I tried to replace him as best I could,'' Livers said. ''Trying to grab 50-50 balls, just knock the open shots and go dunk on people's heads - that's Charles Matthews' game.''

Livers started 22 games last season as a freshman, but this season, Michigan's starting five for its first 28 games was Matthews, Teske, Iggy Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole and Zavier Simpson. That finally changed because of the injury to the 6-foot-6 Matthews, who had a boot on the injured ankle. Coach John Beilein didn't give any details on Matthews' prognosis.

The Wolverines (25-4, 14-4 Big Ten) raced out to a 22-point halftime lead behind Teske and Brazdeikis. It was the last home game for Michigan, which finishes the regular season with trips to Maryland and Michigan State.

The Wolverines lost only once at home in 2018-19 - 77-70 to Michigan State on Sunday. That dropped Michigan a game behind the Spartans in the Big Ten title race, but the Wolverines still look formidable - and they weren't about to slip up against a struggling Nebraska team.

''If they're going to play for a conference championship, you can't lose at home - certainly can't lose at home to a 10th-place team,'' Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles said. ''I think that just making shots early deflated our guys, but this is not a league to feel sorry for yourself.''

Brazdeikis went down holding his left knee near the end of the first half, but he walked off without assistance and was back at the beginning of the second. He finished with 20 points.

Nana Akenten scored 11 points for Nebraska (15-14, 5-13).

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers nearly shook up the conference title race when they played Purdue tough over the weekend but lost by three. They put up little resistance against Michigan. James Palmer, Nebraska's leading scorer, was held to a season-low seven points.

''Obviously the wins aren't there and we've been racking up a lot of losses, but give credit to the teams we've played,'' forward Tanner Borchardt said.

Michigan: When Brazdeikis is shooting well, the Wolverines are tough to beat because they don't need as much scoring from Teske or Simpson. And when Teske is also contributing - the 7-foot-1 center made all three of his 3-point attempts Thursday - that's an additional bonus.

HONORED

Michigan honored Matthews on senior night. He has a year of eligibility left but is a candidate to leave early for the NBA.

''He's one of the best kids I've ever coached,'' Beilein said. ''He's a Kentucky transfer, and he just came in here and he just bought in a hundred percent.''

Matthews, who has played two seasons at Michigan, briefly addressed the crowd after the game, expressing his appreciation.

RESERVES

Michigan went deep into its bench in this blowout win. Freshman Colin Castleton scored 11 points in 9:09. He'd scored six points all season before Thursday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Michigan took care of business while short-handed, but its next matchup this week is the more intriguing game.

UP NEXT

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers will try one more time to be a spoiler in the race for first place, playing at No. 6 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Michigan: The Wolverines play at No. 17 Maryland on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Palmer Jr.
0 G
Z. Simpson
3 G
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
9.3 Pts. Per Game 9.3
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
35.7 Field Goal % 42.6
31.3 Three Point % 29.5
79.2 Free Throw % 67.9
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Johns Jr. 18.0
  Johnny Trueblood missed 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Johnny Trueblood made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Shooting foul on Austin Davis 18.0
+ 2 Brandon Johns Jr. made dunk 29.0
  Offensive rebound by Brandon Johns Jr. 33.0
  Adrien Nunez missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
+ 1 Justin Costello made 3rd of 3 free throws 59.0
  Justin Costello missed 2nd of 3 free throws 59.0
  Justin Costello missed 1st of 3 free throws 59.0
  Shooting foul on Luke Wilson 59.0
Team Stats
Points 53 82
Field Goals 23-67 (34.3%) 30-54 (55.6%)
3-Pointers 2-12 (16.7%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Free Throws 5-9 (55.6%) 10-19 (52.6%)
Total Rebounds 31 43
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 20 35
Team 1 1
Assists 6 19
Steals 8 3
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 5 12
Fouls 12 10
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 2 REB
22 PTS, 10 REB
12T
away team logo Nebraska 15-14 213253
home team logo 9 Michigan 25-4 433982
Team Stats
away team logo Nebraska 15-14 71.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo 9 Michigan 25-4 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
25
N. Akenten G 4.3 PPG 2.5 RPG 0.3 APG 36.4 FG%
15
J. Teske C 9.5 PPG 7.0 RPG 0.9 APG 52.1 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Akenten G 11 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
J. Teske C 22 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
34.3 FG% 55.6
16.7 3PT FG% 54.5
55.6 FT% 52.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Watson Jr. 10 4 2 5/14 0/4 0/0 1 30 1 0 1 0 4
J. Palmer Jr. 7 2 1 3/15 1/4 0/0 1 28 3 0 0 1 1
T. Borchardt 7 5 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 1 28 0 0 2 2 3
I. Roby 6 5 0 2/7 0/0 2/2 1 26 1 0 0 2 3
T. Allen 2 2 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Watson Jr. 10 4 2 5/14 0/4 0/0 1 30 1 0 1 0 4
J. Palmer Jr. 7 2 1 3/15 1/4 0/0 1 28 3 0 0 1 1
T. Borchardt 7 5 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 1 28 0 0 2 2 3
I. Roby 6 5 0 2/7 0/0 2/2 1 26 1 0 0 2 3
T. Allen 2 2 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Akenten 11 2 0 5/7 1/2 0/0 4 10 1 0 0 2 0
A. Harris 8 4 1 4/10 0/0 0/1 0 24 2 2 1 1 3
J. Trueblood 1 2 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
J. Costello 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/3 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
T. Thorbjarnarson 0 3 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 19 0 0 0 0 3
B. Heiman 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 1 0 1 0
I. Copeland Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 30 6 23/67 2/12 5/9 12 200 8 3 5 10 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Teske 22 10 0 7/10 3/3 5/8 1 30 0 1 0 3 7
I. Brazdeikis 20 7 1 7/13 4/5 2/5 1 31 1 0 1 1 6
I. Livers 12 10 3 4/9 3/6 1/2 1 33 0 1 3 0 10
J. Poole 6 0 5 2/4 1/3 1/1 1 28 1 1 1 0 0
Z. Simpson 4 6 10 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 31 0 0 3 0 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Teske 22 10 0 7/10 3/3 5/8 1 30 0 1 0 3 7
I. Brazdeikis 20 7 1 7/13 4/5 2/5 1 31 1 0 1 1 6
I. Livers 12 10 3 4/9 3/6 1/2 1 33 0 1 3 0 10
J. Poole 6 0 5 2/4 1/3 1/1 1 28 1 1 1 0 0
Z. Simpson 4 6 10 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 31 0 0 3 0 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Castleton 11 3 0 5/7 0/0 1/2 0 9 0 1 1 2 1
C. Baird 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. DeJulius 2 4 0 1/4 0/1 0/1 2 17 0 0 1 0 4
B. Johns Jr. 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 1 1
A. Davis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Brooks 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 10 1 0 1 0 0
L. Wilson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Ozuna-Harrison 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Nunez 0 0 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
C. Matthews - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 42 19 30/54 12/22 10/19 10 200 3 4 12 7 35