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No. 2 Michigan uses 13 three-pointers to sink Northwestern

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It was former St. John’s star, NBA All-Star, and TV analyst Mark Jackson, currently coaching the Golden State Warriors, who famously said it most succinctly: “Hand down, man down.”

If you don’t get a hand in a three-point shooter’s face defensively, the opponent is going to make a living from distance, and that’s what No. 2 Michigan did in its 94-66 blowout victory over Northwestern on the road Friday night.

The Wolverines shot an astounding 13-of-22 from three-point range (59.1 percent) as a team and improved to 14-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

The backcourt combination of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., led the way for Michigan, scoring 23 and 21 points respectively in the victory. They combined to shoot 8-of-11 from behind the arc. All five starters scored in double figures and forward Jordan Morgan tallied a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Michigan now remains one of four undefeated teams in the country, standing alongside Duke, Arizona, and Wyoming. Arizona escaped in overtime against Colorado earlier this week, likely further solidifying the Wolverines as the nation’s No. 2 team.

The trio of Burke, Hardaway, Jr., and Glenn Robinson III have been the engine for Michigan all season, helped along by the three-point shooting of Nik Stauskas and the inside presence of Morgan and freshman Mitch McGary.

After coming out of the non-conference undefeated, the Big Ten schedule will be daunting, being part of arguably the nation’s best conference. Sunday brings a matchup with an unranked but tough Iowa team, before Michigan has a stretch of seven games, of those five of which feature ranked opponents.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: