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Michigan led 38-23 at the break. Burke turned the ball over five times in the first 5:51 of the second half, but even then the Rams couldn’t rally.

A dunk and a layup by McGary had VCU calling timeout with the score 49-33 — and then Michigan found a bit of a groove from beyond the arc.

Spike Albrecht made a 3-pointer and found Robinson with a slick pass for a dunk in transition. A 3-pointer by Burke made it 57-35.

Hardaway made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 23 and added an acrobatic reverse dunk to make it 64-38.

“Coach Beilein always said if you’re going to do something flashy, it better work,” Hardaway said. “I just tried to do the easiest dunk that I knew how to do, so it ended up being that.”

The Rams entered the day forcing an average of 19.9 turnovers per game, the most in the nation. Michigan was only committing 9.2 per game, the fewest in the nation.

In a matchup of strength against strength, the Wolverines won easily. They started by letting Hardaway bring the ball up while VCU denied Burke. Occasionally, Burke would have enough space to dribble up the court himself, and Michigan also picked the press apart at times with smart passing.

“There wasn’t this scientific game plan to get things done. They reacted and played against pressure like they’ve worked so hard to be able to do,” Beilein said. “Every day we are practicing ball possession. Don’t turn the ball over, throw it to the outside hand — boring stuff that would put you all to sleep. Catch it on two feet, pivot strong.”

The Rams didn’t help themselves by shooting 30 percent from the field in the first half. It’s harder for VCU to set up its press when the Rams aren’t scoring.

Michigan was only 3 of 12 from 3-point range before halftime, but the Wolverines still opened a sizeable margin. A 3-pointer by Hardaway put Michigan ahead 30-19, and Burke made it a 15-point game when he hit from the perimeter after McGary flattened Briante Weber with a pick.

“I guess I kind of have a football mentality,” McGary said. “I played it growing up, but that’s just my mentality, just hard-nosed, blue-collar guy who likes to do the nitty-gritty stuff.”

Burke drove toward the basket and lobbed to Robinson for an alley-oop dunk that made it 38-21.