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Northwestern-Michigan Preview 1-11-12

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - JANUARY 05: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on January 5, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON, IN – JANUARY 05: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on January 5, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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(AP) — Although Darius Morris left for the NBA following last season, Michigan hasn’t lost a step with freshman Trey Burke taking over at point guard.

Northwestern is in a similar position with freshman Dave Sobolewski replacing one of the program’s best floor leaders.

Burke and the No. 13 Wolverines go for their 12th consecutive home win Wednesday night against the well-rested Wildcats, who are looking to snap a nine-game road skid against ranked opponents.

After leading the Big Ten in assists as a sophomore last season, Morris left the Wolverines and was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers. That was a potentially huge loss for the program, but the addition of Burke, the 2011 Mr. Basketball in Ohio, has helped Michigan (13-3, 3-1) get off to its best start since 2008-09.

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