Michigan secured its best win of the season Thursday in Evanston, notching its first Quad 1 victory against Northwestern in convincing fashion, 68-51. Little has gone right for the Wolverines this season, but the performance is certainly something to build upon.
“We knew what we had to do,” Joey Baker said. “It was kind of desperation time. We needed a win no matter what, so we prepared hard and we went out there and executed.’
Here are five takeaways from Michigan’s resounding win.
Kobe Bufkin shines in career-best performance
Kobe Bufkin was easily the best player on the court, flirting with a triple-double and finishing with 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists — the latter two stats being career-highs.
“Kobe has one of the toughest jobs on our team,” Juwan Howard said. “… When Dug has to get a blow, Kobe has to be a point guard. He also has to score for us. And then he has to defend for us. He has a big task but he’s always stepped up to the plate and welcomed the challenge.”