Feb 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Zak Irvin (21) and Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Nathan Hawkins (4) fight for position during the second half at Crisler Arena. Wolverines beat the Cornhuskers 79-50. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan rebounds from Indiana loss to crush defenseless Cornhuskers, 79-50


It was almost too easy, but No.10 Michigan cruised to a 79-50 victory over a Nebraska team that played very little defense.

The Cornhuskers barely resembled the team which nearly defeated Michigan at Nebraska in January.

It was also a different Michigan team than the one which showed up Sunday (Feb. 2) at Indiana.

In the 63-52 loss to the Hoosiers, Yogi Farrell and a stellar defense totally shut down Michigan’s  leading scorer Nik Stauskas, holding him to six points and only one assist.

Stauskas Responds

The really problem was that none of his teammates were able to rescue Stauskas, especially in the first half.

Playing on the road in the Big Ten Conference is no easy task.

Last night (Feb.5)  at Crisler was a total about face. Michigan placed it’s one-on-one dribbling game in its collective pockets and concentrated at looking for the open man.

Buoyed by an early  24-3 run, Michigan practically ran Nebraska out of the gym, finishing with a 49-21 lead at halftime.

It was fitting for Michigan’s Zak Irvan to come off the bench and  score 16 points. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball was not exactly excited by the Wolverines’ stinker in Bloomington.

Robinson Brings It

Wolverine basketball fans have been waiting for Glenn Robinson to have a break-out game, and he responded  last night. Robinson, who said Michigan had something to prove, poured in 23 points on nine of 14 shooting, three of seven from beyond the arc.

Then there was the performance by Stauskas who rebounded from Indiana by dishing out eight assists, scoring nine points and playing solid defense on Nebraska Terran Petteway.

Caris LeVert continues to show his athletic prowess. He scored 16 points, had seven rebounds and was credited with five assists.

Michigan  (17-5,  9-1) goes on the road to face Iowa (6-4, 17-6),  Nebraska  (11-10, 3-6) travels to Evanston to meet Northwestern (5-5, 12-11). ♦

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