Michi­gan tops North­west­ern, is 17-0

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - By Noah Tris­ter

ANN ARBOR, MICH. >> Jon Teske scored all 17 of his points in the first half, and No. 2 Michi­gan is now off to its best start in pro­gram his­tory after an 80-60 vic­tory over North­west­ern on Jan. 13.

The Wolver­ines (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) started 16-0 on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, but this sea­son’s team sur­passed that by rout­ing North­west­ern. Zavier Simp­son scored a ca­reer­high 24 points for Michi­gan, and Teske matched his own ca­reer high in scor­ing.

The 7-foot-1 Teske made three 3-point­ers, plus a cou­ple more midrange shots. Simp­son — who en­tered the game shoot­ing 29 per­cent from 3-point range — con­nected five times from be­yond the arc.

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 5028 at half­time.

Der­erk Par­don (VASJ) scored 20 points for North­west­ern.

Michi­gan also started 16-0 in 1985-86 and 201213. 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.

Poll im­pli­ca­tions

Top-ranked Duke won on a last-sec­ond shot Jan. 12, so Michi­gan will likely stay at No. 2.

Up next

NORTH­WEST­ERN >> The Wild­cats play at Rut­gers on Jan. 18. MICHI­GAN >> The un­beaten run should get a real test when the Wolver­ines play at Wis­con­sin on Jan. 20.


Michi­gan cen­ter Jon Teske re­acts after mak­ing a bas­ket in the first half Jan. 13 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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