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Wisconsin 65 – Michigan 62 OT: Half court heave dooms Michigan

February 9th, 2013 by Justin Potts


Final 1st 2nd OT Total
#3 Michigan (21-3, 8-3) 29 31 2 62
Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3) 28 32 5 65

This is what it's like for Michigan in the Kohl Center (Andy Manis, AP)

Tim Hardaway Jr’s three-pointer with three seconds to play seemed to have ended Michigan’s 13-year futility in Madison. It gave the Wolverines a three point lead and left Wisconsin needing to go the length of the court in 2.1 seconds. But the inbounds pass hit Ben Brust on a curl at midcourt and he took one dribble and heaved it towards the rim. Just as one would expect in Madison, it found nothing but net and sent the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Michigan was unable to find any offense, scoring just two points and missing a couple of layups that could have made the difference. Just like in regulation, it was Brust who hit the big shot, this time a three from several feet behind the three-point line to give the Badgers a three point lead.

After Michigan couldn’t score, the Wolverines were forced to foul, but Ryan Evans missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Michigan one final chance. But just like at Ohio State, Trey Burke’s three rattled in and out and the Wolverines were sent home from the Kohl Center in defeat yet again.

From the start, it was evident that Michigan was in for a dogfight as Wisconsin opened up a nine point lead by the under-eight time out. But Michigan went on a 9-1 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to pull within one, and then a pair of Burke jumpers gave Michigan a one-point lead heading into the locker room.

Wisconsin took the lead back in the early part of the second half, but Michigan built a 55-49 lead with 6:31 left to play. From that point, the Wolverines were held scoreless until Burke hit a shot at the 1:06 mark. Michigan led 57-54. Wisconsin big man Jared Berggren beat Mitch McGary off the dribble and dunked over Burke who tried the draw the charge. He was called for a block, sending Berggren to the line for a chance to tie the game. He made the free throw which led to the end of regulation heroics by Hardaway and then Brust.

Burke led Michigan with 19 points, but it took him 21 shots to do so. He hit just 2-of-8 three-point attempts. Hardway finished with 18 on 8-of-17 shooting. McGary had another good game, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He showed the ability to hit the mid-range jumper that will make him tough to defend if he can do so consistently.

As a team, Michigan shot just 39.4 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from downtown. Wisconsin, a poor shooting team, made nearly 44 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point range. For the second game in a row Michigan had trouble getting to the free throw line, this time attempting just two after shooting none against Ohio State.

Michigan missed a golden opportunity to sieze control of the Big Ten race, and now finds itself staring down a must win on the road against Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
01 Glenn Robinson III* 2-6 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 2 33
15 Jon Horford* 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 7
03 Trey Burke* 8-21 2-8 1-2 0 5 5 2 19 4 1 0 2 40
10 Tim Hardaway Jr.* 8-17 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 4 18 3 1 0 0 37
11 Nik Stauskas* 2-7 1-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 5 3 3 0 0 39
02 Spike Albrecht 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 11
04 Mitch McGary 6-10 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 1 12 1 0 1 3 32
23 Caris LeVert 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
44 Max Bielfeldt 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 48
Totals 28-71 5-18 1-2 11 28 39 13 62 12 7 1 8 205
Wisconsin 25-57 10-24 5-10 7 32 39 8 65 14 14 5 4 205