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Tony Ding, Associated Press
Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) tries to dribble past Northwestern guard David Sobolewski, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won 66-64 in overtime.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has hardly missed a beat without Darius Morris.

Freshman Trey Burke has stepped in at point guard and guided the 13th-ranked Wolverines to an impressive start. Although Michigan has an experienced group around him, it's no exaggeration to say Burke has been the team's best player at times. He's averaging 14.1 points and 5.1 assists while avoiding the types of mistakes a young player might make while adjusting to such an important role.

Michigan made the NCAA tournament last season thanks to a late-season run. Morris was the leader of that team, but he left school to go to the NBA, and it wasn't clear how the Wolverines would try to replace him.

Burke put those concerns to rest almost immediately.