No. 2 Michigan 94, Northwestern 66
Trey Burke scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 and visiting Michigan pounded Northwestern to remain unbeaten.
Off to their best start since they opened the 1985-86 season with 16 wins, the Wolverines (14-0, 1-0) had no trouble in the Big Ten opener after breezing through the non-conference portion of their schedule.
They built a 21-point halftime lead with Burke and Hardaway Jr. leading the way and were never challenged by Northwestern (9-5, 0-1).
“14-0 that’s a great start — and 1-0 in the Big Ten — but we’ve got to keep the attitude where guys are still doubting us,” Burke said.
He’ll get no argument from his coach.
“We’re always working that way, like we’re hunting all the time and we don’t ever want to lose that,” John Beilein said. “It’s not a negative to always be working.”
Michigan shot 59.6 percent overall and made 13-of-22 3-point attempts with the two guards doing most of the damage. Burke shot 9-of-16 overall and hit 4-of-6 3-pointers. Hardaway was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from long range, and the ankle injury that kept him out of the previous game didn’t seem to be an issue.
Jordan Morgan added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolverines, while Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas scored 10 points apiece.
Jared Swopshire and Kale Abrahamson each scored 11 points for Northwestern, but the Wildcats gave up the most points they have allowed this season while being outclassed by one of the nation’s best teams.
It was a sharp contrast from their two meetings last season, when Michigan needed overtime to win both games.
This time, the Wolverines ended the suspense early.
Burke, averaging a team-leading 17.8 points coming in, scored 15 in the first half. Hardaway added 12 points, hitting all four 3s, and Michigan barely broke a sweat before taking a 51-30 halftime lead.
Burke did his best to bury Northwestern almost as soon as the game started.
The sophomore guard scored 13 consecutive points for Michigan to help the Wolverines grab a 20-4 lead.
Hardaway got going midway through the half, making consecutive 3-pointers that made it 33-13.
No. 3 Arizona 92, Colorado 83
Kevin Parrom scored five of his 16 points in overtime after host Arizona staged an improbable late rally in regulation and the Wildcats escaped with a victory over Colorado in their Pac-12 opener.
Colorado’s Sabatino Chen banked in a 3-pointer at the end of regulation, but officials waved it off after reviewing the video, saying the ball was on his fingertips as the backboard lights went on to show time had expired.
Arizona (13-0, 1-0) outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over the final 1:35 of regulation to force the overtime. The Wildcats were down by 17 points in the first half and 16 with 12:40 to go in regulation.
Askia Booker led Colorado (10-3, 0-1) with 18 points.
No. 10 Gonzaga 78, Pepperdine 62
Elias Harris scored 18 points and Kelly Olynk had 16 to lead visiting Gonzaga over Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Olynk scored 14 points in the second half as the Bulldogs (14-1, 1-0 WCC) won despite shooting a season-low 43.4 percent from the field. Reserve guard David Stockton added nine points and four steals and Kevin Pangos scored nine points. Pangos gave Gonzaga the lead for good at 38-36 on a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs pulled away to their 23rd consecutive win against Pepperdine, its longest streak against a conference opponent. Lorne Jackson led the Waves (8-6, 0-1) with 16 points.