The Gophers crept back in the game after falling behind by 19 points early in the second half but squandered some opportunities to really make the Wolverines worry. Joe Coleman missed three of four free throws in the final 4 minutes.
After Rodney Williams cut the margin to 77-70 with 2:40 remaining, the Gophers got the ball back but Williams had an open three-pointer rim out and Andre Hollins had his putback attempt blocked underneath. Burke stretched the lead to nine with two free throws with 43 seconds left, effectively sealing another signature victory for the Wolverines.
In other games *
At Illinois, Reggie Hearn scored 20 points and Northwestern (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) built an early lead using three-point shooting to hand the No. 23 Illini their third straight loss, 68-54. Paul had 21 points for Illinois (14-5, 1-4).
* At Duke, Seth Curry had 24 points, and the No. 3 Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Georgia Tech, 73-57.
* At Portland, Kelly Olnyk had 21 points as No. 8 Gonzaga (17-1, 4-0 West Coast Conference) rolled, 71-49.
* At Texas A&M, Mike Rosario scored 19 points as No. 10 Florida (13-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) cruised to a 68-47 victory.
* At UCLA, Shabazz Muhammad had 21 points and the No. 24 Bruins (15-3, 5-0 Pac-12) beat Oregon State, 74-64.
Cincinnati point guard Cashmere Wright (sprained knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against No. 25 Marquette.