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NU gameday: Michigan routs Wildcats 94-66

NU gameday: Michigan routs Wildcats 94-66
Michigan's Trey Burke gets around Northwestern's Mike Turner during the Wolverine's 94-66 victory. (John J. Kim/Tribune photo)

To say that

Trey Burke

dominated Thursday would be like pointing out that Pat Fitzgerald digs purple.

The point guard scored 23 points and dished out five assists in Michigan's 94-66 dismantling of

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Northwestern
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. The 94 points tied for the most allowed in the

Bill Carmody

era with

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Illinois
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in 2003 and Virginia in 2007.

Burke drew "oohs" and "aahs", especially after the sick crossover move he put on NU point guard Dave Sobolewski late in the first half, followed by a layup high off the glass.

Burke, a sophomore who considered going pro last year, played like a

NBA

lottery pick before an audience that included

Bulls

general manager

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Gar Forman
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.

The second-ranked and 14-0 Wolverines dominated from the opening tip, hitting 13 of 22 (.591) from deep.

Northwestern fell to 9-5 (0-1

Big Ten

) with its fifth home loss.

It was so bad that NU coach Bill Carmody used the first of his four timeouts before the Wildcats scored a point. He burned his second with Northwestern down 25-9. And his third with the score 33-13 and nearly 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

It was no use. The depleted Wildcats, already without Drew Crawford (shoulder) and Sanjay Lumpkin (wrist), did not use Reggie Hearn, who sprained his left ankle two weeks ago against Stanford.

Hearn went through warmups, but Kale Abrahamson (11 points) started in his place. Alex Marcotullio was introduced last, NU's third different marquee player of the season. And it's early January.

tgreenstein@tribune.com Twitter @TeddyGreenstein

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