Wolverines crush North Carolina
Written by Matt Pargoff   


The Wolverines went into Wednesday evening’s big showdown with No. 11 North Carolina without having been stuck in a close game late. They left it the same way. Struggling in the first few minutes with the Tar Heels’ high powered offense, Michigan found its footing defensively, putting on a big first half run and pulling away with an 84-67 victory.

Trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Wolverines rattled off 11 unanswered, battling to a four point advantage at the half. Michigan came out fast after the break, pulling ahead by as many as 22 points.

North Carolina made a late 11-0 run to cut that in half, but the Wolverines answered with their own seven-point surge.

True freshman Ignas Brazdeikis sparked Michigan’s run to get back in the game in the first half, finishing the contest with a team best 24 points. Charles Matthews scored 21 and Jordan Poole 18, while Zavier Simpson had six assists and Jon Teske blocked five shots.

Improving to 7-0 on the season, the Wolverines will turn to early conference play next, hosting No. 19 Purdue on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. eastern on ESPN.

Michigan will travel to Northwestern on Tuesday, then turn back to non-conference play, with a light stretch of only four games over 29 days. Check out post-game video from U-M’s win over North Carolina below.

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