It would have been another gut-wrenching loss for Michigan, which was ranked No. 1 in the country earlier this season but has looked worn down and inexperienced lately. The Wolverines nearly let this one slip away, but Burke was too much — at both ends of the court — for Michigan State to overcome.
‘‘We knew that Michigan State was going to come in and try to bully us,’’ Burke said. ‘‘But we knew if we held our ground, played smarter down the stretch, we have a shot to win the game.’’