The Wolverines (10-0) are off to their best start since their national title season of 1988-89, and this win was every bit the mismatch it looked like before the opening tip.
The Bearcats (2-9) were coming off a
22-point loss to Bryant. They led Michigan10-8 before the Wolverines went on a 19-2 run en route to a 34-14 halftime advantage.
It might have been even more lopsided if Michigan hadn’t shot a season-worst 44 percent from the field. Burke was 8 of 12, but Tim Hardaway Jr. scored only nine points on 3 of 13 shooting.
NO. 10 ILLINOIS 64, NORFOLK STATE 54
In Champaign, Ill., Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11 and help Illinois (11-0) hold off Norfolk State (6-6).
Rashid Gaston scored 12 points for Norfolk State, which led most of the first half.
NO. 13 MINNESOTA 70, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 57
In Minneapolis, Rodney Williams scored a season-high 19 points, including a 360-degree dunk off a fast break, and Trevor Mbakwe grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Minnesota (11-1) past North Dakota State
NO. 10 MARYLAND 88, TOWSON 43
In Towson, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Rutan had 16 points as Maryland (7-2) beat Towson (4-4).
NO. 18 TEXAS 77, LOUISIANA-MONROE 49
In Austin, Texas, Brady Sanders scored 15 points, Cokie Reed added 14 and Imani McGee-Stafford had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Texas (6-1) defeated Louisiana-Monroe (2-7).