ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Trey Burke raised his eyebrows in disbelief when asked about Michigan's most remarkable stat of the night.
"We only had two turnovers as a team?" Burke said.
The top-ranked Wolverines were nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night, and they went on to an easy 68-46 victory over Northwestern.
Burke had 18 points and eight assists in Michigan's first game since taking over the top spot in the AP poll for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
The Wolverines (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten) 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's two turnovers for the game equaled a national low for any team this season, according to STATS.
"There's been times we had two turnovers ... in the first minute," coach John Beilein said. "We'll take it, and we'll move on."
The Wolverines can now prepare for Saturday night's showdown at No. 3 Indiana. Michigan fans began chanting "Beat the Hoosiers!" toward the end of Wednesday's game.
Michigan played without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained his right ankle last weekend. Jon Horford started in Morgan's place and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Although Northwestern also shot well at the beginning, the Wolverines were relentless. Some of their points came easily, such as an alley-oop from Burke to Glenn Robinson III in transition.
But Michigan was also sharp from the outside. Nik Stauskas made a 3-pointer and Robinson added a layup, causing Wildcats coach Bill Carmody to call the first of two early timeouts. Stauskas added another 3 to give the Wolverines a 15-9 lead, and Michigan led by as many as 16 later in the half.
It was 36-21 at halftime.
The Wolverines didn't have any turnovers until 6-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary, a Chesterton native, tried to start a fast break himself by dribbling up the court and lost the ball with less than 12 minutes left.
NO. 3 INDIANA 97, PURDUE 60: Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and No. 3 Indiana routed rival Purdue 97-60 on Wednesday night to hand the Boilermakers their worst loss at Mackey Arena.
The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play, keeping a share of the conference lead. No. 1 Michigan also won Wednesday night, beating Northwestern 68-46, to set up a Saturday night showdown between the league leaders in Bloomington.
Purdue (11-10, 4-4) was led by freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had a career-high 30 points, but couldn't avoid a second straight home loss to the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers have lost only twice in their last six games.
Indiana took control early with a 9-0 run, then closed the first half on a 13-2 spurt to take a 47-27 halftime lead.
NO. 5 DUKE 75, WAKE FOREST 70: Seth Curry wasn't going to miss every 3-pointer he tossed up. Mason Plumlee wasn't going to miss very often at all.
Thanks to those two seniors, No. 5 Duke finally has its first road victory.
Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and Curry added 21 with a tiebreaking 3 that helped the Blue Devils hold off pesky Wake Forest 75-70 on Wednesday night.
Despite hitting a season-low two 3-pointers, the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 52 percent — much of that because of their efficient senior big man — to improve to 1-2 in true road games.
"I don't know if he's the best player in the league, but there's no player who's more important to his team" than Plumlee, coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "There is no substitute for him, so those kind of guys need to get the ball."
Freshman big man Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5), who shot 48 percent but were denied their second upset of a nationally ranked state rival in eight nights.
At times, this game turned into a Thomas-vs.-Plumlee showdown, with the two big men trading baskets over — if not through — each other. Plumlee simply made more, finishing 12 of 15 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.