After losing to Northwestern last week in a dramatic fashion, the Wolverines went into a senior night road environment and absolutely dominated Nebraska, scoring 93 points to the Cornhuskers’ 57.
Michigan started the game off absolutely on fire from the field, opening the game up on a 14-0 run after the Huskers scored the first points of the contest. Derrick Walton Jr. was exceptional once again throughout the game, but his great play was seen from the start, which was crucial in the Wolverines establishing their dominance early on.
Walton would finish the night with 18 points and 16 assists, notching his fourth double-double of the year, while setting a program record for assists in a single game.
At halftime, the Wolverines were shooting 59% from the field, while shooting 50% from beyond the arc. Senior Zak Irvin was especially active in the first half, finishing the first 20 minutes with double digit points in what has come to be a rarely seen type of performance from Irvin as of late.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman also displayed great play throughout the game, dropping a vicious slam in the first half while showing great touch from the three-point line.
Michigan would end up bettering its shooting performances, ending the night with a 63% success rate from the field and shooting 52% from three-point range.
Four of the five of the Wolverine’s starters would end up having double digit point totals (Walton 18, Irvin 15, Abdur-Rahkman 13, Wagner 11) with 6th man Duncan Robinson scoring 10 points in the game.
Michigan now sets its focus on Illinois, the No. 9 seed, on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in Washington D.C. Michigan will play as the No. 8 seed in the tournament with the game set tip off at 12:00 EST on BTN.