No. 3 Michigan 80, Arkansas 67

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and Michigan head coach John Beilein talk about the No. 3 Wolverines 80-67 win over the visiting Razorbacks Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena.

Trey Burke's 16 points and 7 assists help power No. 3 Michigan to an 80-67 win over Arkansas Saturday before 12,693 fans at Chrisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Razorbacks (4-4) cut an 11-point deficit to one in the second half before the Wolverines (8-0) pulled away at the end to claim the victory.

"We went toe-to-toe with them for quite a bit of that game," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "I told our guys I just saw us growing up mentally in this particular game just from a standpoint of competing in a (tough) environment.

"It was a great environment for our guys to learn," Anderson added. "I always tell our guys that on the road there is going to be some adversity, some things are going to go not your way. Even as we made our run to get back into the game, some things kind of went the other direction, but to our guys credit, we hung in there and hung in there."

Marshawn Powell led Arkansas with 18 points while walk-on Kikko Haydar had a career-high 13 while playing 19 minutes, Hunter Mickelson and Rickey Scott both chipped in 10 and B.J. Young nine.

Mardracus Wade added five points and four of his team's eight steals.

Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with 17 points while Tim Hardaway, Jr. added 14, Nik Stauskas 12 and Jordan Morgan had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

It is the Wolverines' best start since its 1988-89 national championship and also handed head coach John Beilein his 100th win at the school.

"I am really happy with the way we played today against a very good Arkansas team," Beilein said. "…We had a great crowd here tonight. We really felt it tonight and you could feel it. That was a very exciting game."

Arkansas, which trailed 43-32 with 18 minutes left in the game, did not shoot a free throw the first 34 minutes of the game and had just four charity tosses to Michigan's 18 during the entire contest.

"The thing that is really startling to me is – and I have been doing this a long time – but I have never been a game where one of our teams shoots four free throws," Anderson said. "And two of them came on a technical foul. I may get talked about but I just really think that is kind of bizarre. Very bizzare."

Also bizzare – at least to Beilein - was the three-point shooting prowess shown by Haydar (4-of-4) and Scott (2-of-2) as the Razorbacks knocked down 10-of-17 from beyond the 3-point line.

"We don't even have number 20 on our scoring report," Beilein said. "He's a walk on that we didn't even know existed. He goes four for four. Rickey Scott - number 10 – he was 4-of-31 last year from three and he made two.

"They worked hard, they got good shots and I am happy for those guys except they made shots," Beilein said. "Unfortunately it was against us. But it was our plan not to guard those two because we didn't know who one was and the other one was 4-of-31 last year. He made us pay today. That was 18 points they got that we didn't expect."

Scott's llay-up with 8:56 left cut it 56-55, but Arkansas did not score for the next three minutes. "Kikko is a guy that has been sitting there and we saw some spark against Oklahoma and of course in this game here," Anderson said. "He is one of those guys that lives in the gym and it is amazing how shooting becomes contagious.

"Rickey came out there and played with a lot of confidence and that is what has got to happen for a young basketball team," Anderson added.

"I love the competitive spirit of our guys and we were right there – tick for tack – and we have the ball and it is a two-point game and we have a chance to get ahead," Anderson said, "but we turned it over and they scored and it just seemed like it was a five or six-point game and right there at the end we kind of turned the ball over a little bit."

The win was revenge for Wolverines' 66-64 loss to the Razorbacks last season in Fayetteville.

"Just as I said the last time we played Arkansas, it is tough to get use to how they attack the rim, how they get down and get after you," Beilein said. "We are more athletic than we have been, but they are still more athletic than us."

Michigan pounded Arkansas 42-26 on the board with the Wolverines grabbing 16 offensive caroms.

Arkansas shot 44.3 percent from the field during the game while Michigan shot 46.8 percent.

"I thought we had Michigan tired, thought we had them fatigued, but they had some guys that really stepped up and made plays and the most notable ones were on the offensive glass," Anderson said. "We have got to clean that up because if not teams are really going to annihilate us. We saw what can happen when people get offensive rebounds.

"We have just got to continue to work and work and be a team that is going to gang rebound," Anderson added. "We were making them take some tough shots. Michigan is a team that shoots 50 percent from the field most of the time, but those seconds shots – they add up."

This was the last in a stretch of five tough non-conference games against BCS teams – including last week's loss to No. 4 Syracuse.

The Razorbacks will now be off for finals and return to action next Saturday against Alcorn State.

"As I told our guys, I probably did them – the way you look at it, it could be a justice or an injustice with this schedule," Anderson said. "But at the same time, I think it is going to pay off for us. Why do I say that? Because this team is growing up right before our eyes. I thought today was another major step for this team.

"I am not ever going to be into moral victories, but I thought we stood toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the country on their home court and were right there and just had some things that took place down the stretch," Anderson added. "They shoot 15 free throws, we shoot four. Do the math."

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