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Hardaway and GRIII propel Michigan into the Round of 32

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When No. 4 Michigan has success shooting the ball they’re without a doubt one of the most dangerous teams in the country. And when they don’t their weaknesses in the paint and on defense really come to fruition. This was very much the case for the Wolverines Thursday night against the No. 13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits taking a four point halftime lead and extending it to a double-digit 71-56 victory in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament.

And on a night when Trey Burke couldn’t get anything to fall, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III went off for 42 combined points along with eight total three’s to propel Michigan to victory.

Much like most of the final month of the regular season, Michigan struggled out of the gate shooting 5/16 from the field while Burke went into the half without a single field goal. Hardaway Jr. was able to offset Burke’s slow night with a couple of vital three’s in the first half while Glenn Robinson III did a very good job finding and hitting his open jump shots.

Burke though wasn’t totally ineffective on the offensive side of the ball. Finishing with just 6 points, Burke was very unselfish and partially responsible for Hardaway and Robinson’s open looks as he finished with 7 assists on the night. The sophomore also gave the Michigan faithful quite scare midway through the second half after falling to the ground hard, looking to of smacked his head on the court. Burke eventually got to his feet and back to the locker room before returning to floor a short time later.

Aside though from the production of Robinson and Hardaway, Mitch McGary couldn’t go unnoticed tonight.

The freshman McGary who made his way into the starting lineup tonight was very effective on both ends of the court finishing with 13 points and 9 rebounds. He was also largely responsible for keeping Michigan on pace in the first half when the majority of the team was pretty much sleepwalking.

Meanwhile the Wolverines did an excellent job keeping SDSU guard Nate Wolters in check. The highly touted Jackrabbit senior struggled from the start finishing with just 10 points on 3 of 14 shooting.

Michigan will not enter the Round of 32 and play the winner between Akron and VCU on Saturday.

h/t: Getty

 

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