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Top 25 basketball: Michigan matches its best start

Published January 9, 2013 10:55 pm

Day in the Top 25 • Despite bad shooting, Wolverines now 16-0.
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Ann Arbor, Mich. • Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a 62-47 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half. The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 squad that went on to win the Big Ten title.

Ray Gallegos scored 19 points for Nebraska (9-7, 0-3), which held the Wolverines to 39 percent shooting. Michigan, which beat its first two conference opponents by 28 points apiece, went 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

Trey Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 8 Minnesota 84, No. 12 Illinois 67 • At Champaign, Ill., Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 22 to help Minnesota top Illinois and remain undefeated in the Big Ten.

The Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held off a charge by the 12th-ranked Illini midway through the second half.

Joseph Bertrand pulled Illinois within 2 at 44-42 on a short jumper with 12:37 left.

But the physical matchup took its toll on the Illini (14-3, 1-2). And as Illinois piled up fouls, Trevor Mbakwe connected on a layup with 6:15 to play for a 62-49 lead that Illinois couldn't overcome.

No. 25 New Mexico 65, No. 24 UNLV 60 • At Albuquerque, N.M., Alex Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead New Mexico to a win over UNLV in the Mountain West opener for both teams.

Justin Hawkins hit a 3-pointer with 3:25 left to cap a 7-0 UNLV run that gave it a 58-56 lead. Then New Mexico (14-2, 1-0) took over, closing the game on a 9-2 run.

Kendall Williams hit a 3-pointer with 2:09 left to put New Mexico up for good at 60-58. The Lobos, however, struggled from the line down the stretch, at one point going 3 for 8 to give the Rebels (13-3, 0-1) life. —

Wednesday's scores

• No. 2 Michigan 62, Nebraska 47

• No. 3 Louisville 73, Seton Hall 58

• No. 6 Kansas 97, Iowa State 89 (OT)

• No. 7 Syracuse 72, Providence 66

• No. 8 Minnesota 84, No. 12 Illinois 67

• No. 11 Florida 77, Georgia 44

• No. 14 Butler 72, Saint Joseph's 66

• No. 16 SDSU 65, Fresno State 62

• No. 20 N.C. State 83, Georgia Tech 70

• No. 23 Wichita State 82, Southern Illinois 76

• No. 25 New Mexico 65, No. 24 UNLV 60




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