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No. 1 Michigan routs Northwestern

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Michigan guard Trey Burke is guarded by Northwestern forward Mike Turner during the first half Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and No. 1 Michigan was nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night en route to a 68-46 victory over Northwestern.

The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn't commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.

Michigan (20-1 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines can now prepare for Saturday night's showdown at No. 3 Indiana.

Michigan played without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained his right ankle last weekend.

Alex Olah scored 10 points for Northwestern (12-10, 3-6).

The Wolverines finished with only two turnovers. They didn't have any until 6-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary tried to start a fast break himself by dribbling up the court and lost the ball with less than 12 minutes left.

The two turnovers in a game equaled a national low for any team this season, according to STATS LLC.

It was 36-21 at halftime.

Northwestern looked ready to make a game of it when Dave Sobolewski was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 15:37 to play and the score 40-31, but the sophomore guard missed all three free throws.

A three-point play by Horford made it 50-33.

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