Michigan was hoping not to repeat last year when the Wolverines lost to No. 13 seed Ohio. The Wolverines suffered two scares against South Dakota State. Michigan was up only 30-26 at halftime against a dangerous Jackrabbits team. Then, with 11 minutes to go in the game, Michigan's leading scorer sophomore guard Trey Burke fell hard, hitting his head and elbow. The Wolverines escaped both with little trouble. Burke left for a short time but was came back and should be able to play Saturday. His teammates made up for his absence, increasing the Wolverines' lead before Burke returned.
Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 21 points for the Wolverines. Robinson was 8-9 from the floor, including 3-3 from 3-point range while Hardaway was 8-13 from the floor and 5-7 from behind the arc. As a team Michigan shot 50.9 percent from the floor and was 9 of 20 from behind the arc.
Brayden Carlson led the Jackrabbits with 20 points on 8-12 from the floor. Carlson also contributed eight rebounds. Tony Fiegen added 12 points, and Jordan Dykstra had 12 points and nine rebounds. Michigan held senior guard Nate Wolters, usually the Jackrabbits’ top scorer, to 3-14 from the field. He finished with 10 points and six assists.
Michigan will face No. 5 seed Virginia Commonwealth University Rams on Saturday. The time is still to be determined. VCU dominated No. 12 seed Akron on Thursday, 88-42
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