Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points as number-5 Michigan bounced back from its first loss of the season by posting an 83-to-75 win last night at ninth-ranked Minnesota. The key Big Ten victory saw the Wolverines rebound from their three point loss Sunday at number-11 Ohio State. Hardaway made good on 7-of-8 field goal attempts, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
Trey Burke added 18 points and nine assists as Michigan shot 55% from the floor as a team. The Wolverines improved to 4-and-1 in conference play and 17-and-1 overall. Michigan is tied for second place in the Big Ten with Michigan State, both trailing 4-and-0 Wisconsin. Minnesota dropped to 3-and-2 in the league and 15-and-3 overall. The Wolverines are idle now until next Thursday when they host Purdue.
Also last night in the Big Ten, number-23 Illinois was stunned at home by Northwestern 68-to-54. And Detroit Mercy blew a 20 point second half lead and lost their Horizon League game at home last night to Valparaiso 89-to-88 at Calihan Hall.