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Nice piece over on ESPN.
Edit: Also some good Burke fluff. They are loving us this week:
So the pic on the front page, now attributed to Melanie Maxwell, seemed like it needed better captions than just welp X 4. So I did this instead.
And yes, the colors on Trey's text blurb are the acceptable Michigan hues.
MLive Article: Michigan State's Keith Appling breaks out of slump in second half of loss to Michigan
Not sure this guy saw the game?
Appling shot 33%, had 4 fouls, turnover that lead to the game winning basket, and participated in the final possession that resulted in no shot.
Grasping at straws, "Appling's second half play was considerably better than his first half — he was 2-of-4 shooting in the second half and all of his free throws and makes occurred in the second half."
Title pretty much explains it. Suppose Burke leaves after this team gets bounced in, say, the Elite Eight. Where does he rank all-time at U of M? Where amongst U of M's point guards?
I realize comparing eras and different positions isn't apples to apples. But whatever just have fun with it.
I suppose this is no longer newsworthy—but another Michigan player nabs a Big Ten player of the week award. Trey Burke with his third of the season.
- Averaged 23.5 points on nearly 60 percent shooting, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals against Michigan State and Penn State last week
- On the road against nationally ranked Michigan State, finished with 18 points and 63.6 percent shooting with four assists and three steals
- Tallied a season-best 29 points against Penn State on Sunday, shooting 56.3 percent from the floor, including 75 percent from long range, with five assists and two steals
- Earns his fourth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and third this season
Burke is now averaging 18.6 points per game for the season. If he maintains or betters than average, it'll be the highest for a Michigan player in the 21st century, topping Manny Harris's 18.1 ppg for 2009-10.
Burke is also on pace for the best assist per game mark in Michigan history. He's averaging 6.885 assists per game this season, while Gary Grant averaged 6.882 in the 1987-88 season.
Often overlooked are the remarkably few turnovers Burke commits—only 47 for the season, which translates into a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. That's probably the best in Michigan history. By comparison, Grant committed 150 turnovers in 1987-88, while his assist total was 234.
I know the fan vote won't really affect whether Trey Burke wins the Cousy Award, but this is a another Michigan-Ohio battle, and it's being lost right now—29.8% to 17%.
You can vote here once a day, per e-mail address, through March 7. Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, etc.