By RICKY LINDSAY, Michigan Men’s Basketball beat writer
In their last non-conference road game, the Michigan Wolverines routed the West Virginia Mountaineers 81-66 in Brooklyn’s newest attraction, the Barclays Center.
The Wolverine’s dominant backcourt duo played a significant role in Saturday’s victory.
Point guard Trey Burke had a season high 27 points while adding eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Burke shot effectively against the Mountaineers en route to a 12-16 night from the field.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points, four rebounds, and two steals. Hardaway went 4-8 on three point attempts, and 7-8 on free throws.
West Virginia guard Terry Henderson accounted for most of his team’s offense. He had 23 points, nearly twice as many than what any of his teammates accounted for.
With the win, Michigan improves to 11-0 on the year, which is their best start since their 1988-1989 national championship season.
The Wolverines moved up to no. 2 in the AP Top 25 rankings, after the Indiana Hoosiers, previously ranked at no. 1, were upset by Butler. Michigan received three first place votes, while No. 1 Duke received the remaining 62.
Michigan returns to action Thursday night, when the Eastern Michigan Eagles travel to the Crisler Center. The Eagles are 6-3 on the season, with one of their more notable losses coming to No. 4 Syracuse.
The game can be seen at 8:30PM on the Big Ten Network.