Michigan miss Morris? Not with Trey Burke running the show

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The future is now with Trey Burke.

Michigan’s point guard is defying conventional wisdom surrounding freshmen point guards. Most have uneven seasons, accompanied by occasional flashes of brilliance. Burke’s pretty much been the opposite. He’s been fantastic with occasional missteps.

“His poise is really good,” Michigan coach John Beilein told the Ann Arbor Times. “There are times he gets flustered and disappointed with himself, but it’s very brief and he moves on.

“He’s one of the rare guys, because usually that’s an acquired trait.”

That’s been crucial for the Wolverines (12-2). They sorely needed a point guard to run Beilein’s offense.

Burke stepped into Darius Morris’ role and done so seamlessly with a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio while playing the most minutes of any Wolverine. (No small feat given Zack Novak and Stu Douglass rarely step off the court.) His 14.0 points a game are second on the team, just behind Tim Hardaway Jr.

If not for Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Burke’d be the Big Ten’s brightest freshman star. Though after a few more games like Sunday’s 27-point outburst against Minnesota and Burke will blow right by Zeller. Expect nothing less from the “fearless” freshman.

When everyone else struggled against the Gophers, Burke delivered with a much-needed offensive burst that was an impressive mix of jumpers and getting to the basket. If his offensive game opens things up for Hardaway, forward Jordan Morgan or any of the outside shooters, Michigan may very well contend for the Big Ten title.

And a freshman will lead them. Even his teammates know it.

“We just sit there and smirk whenever he hits a tough shot,” Douglass said. “If you ever see Trey get down, it’s rare.

“Confidence is the best part of his game, and we completely trust him.”

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VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.