After having their Big Ten Conference title hopes nearly destroyed on the road earlier this week, the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines rebounded by defeating the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans 58-57 in the friendly confines of the Crisler Center.
Michigan's defense, which has been absolutely abysmal as of late, stepped up and held the Spartans to 35.6 percent shooting. The Wolverines also forced a turnover in the closing seconds of the game to seal the victory.
Sophomore point guard Trey Burke had yet another stellar performance on a national stage. Burke took over the game late, came up with a steal that led to the game-winning basket with 26 seconds remaining and finished with 21 points, eight assists and five steals.
True freshmen Caris LeVert and Mitch McGary combined for 19 points off of the bench to help guide the Wolverines past Michigan State.
Despite an impressive double-double by Adreian Payne and 16 points from freshman shooting guard Gary Harris, the Spartans could not keep Michigan out of the lane, or take care of the basketball.
The Maize and Blue tallied 44 points in the paint, and added another 18 points off of turnovers.