ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - Following Trey Burke's announcement in April of 2012 that he would return to University of Michigan for his second season, Wolverines nation knew what they were getting with the reigning Big Ten freshman of the year.
But what about Nik Stauskas?
Who would have expected the freshman to rank 12th in the nation in three-point percentage?
"The guy made 43 out of 50 three's over Christmas break outside so it just shows that he's a hard worker," said Tim Hardaway Jr. with a big smile.
Stauskas, who hails from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is just one pleasant surprise. The same can be said for freshman Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.
All players have been instrumental in helping Michigan record its first 16-0 record since the 1985-86 season.
"We have a great group of guys," said Burke, who led Michigan with 18 points against Nebraska on Wednesday. "We're young but the freshman are willing to learn. When you have a team that can continue to get better everyday, I think it's [the 16-0 record] deserving."
And how is this for some drama?
No. 2 Michigan will travel to Burke's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to face the Buckeyes on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
"I expect pretty much the same atmosphere as last year," Burke said with a smile. "It was very intense. We were all getting booed. It should be fun."