The last time Michigan won at Kohl Center, Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, and 98 Degrees were all vying for the top spot on the music charts. On Saturday evening, John Beilein’s squad put an end to that streak, topping the Badgers 77-70 to remain atop the Big Ten standings.
Holding a 68-67 lead with 1:14 remaining, Michigan was in desperate need of a basket. Wisconsin had gone on a 14-2 run over the previous six minutes and Michigan needed to stop the bleeding. That’s when Nik Stauskas took over. The sophomore dribbled the ball outside the arc on the left wing, started to drive towards the paint, but pulled back, brought the ball between his legs and pulled up from three-point range. Nothing but net.
Now with a four point lead, Jordan Morgan fouled Traevon Jackson, who hit one of two. From there on, it was a matter of hitting free throws and Michigan did just that. Stauskas was sent to the line three times and made all six attempts while Wisconsin was unable to make several desperation three-point attempts to seal the win.
Michigan started the game on fire, jumping out to a 15-8 lead in the first four minutes and maintaining a five-to-ten point lead the entire half. The Wolverines shot 60.7 percent and made 4-of-5 three-point attempts in the half and took a 43-38 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Michigan’s shooting regressed back to the norm a bit, but the Wolverines were still able to widen the lead to 15 in the first eight minutes of the half. Then, Michigan went cold, leading to the Wisconsin run down the stretch.
For the game, Michigan shot 54.7 percent from the field and made 7-of-13 three-point attempts. Michigan out-rebounded Wisconsin 31-30 and blocked seven Badger shots.
Stauskas finished the game with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He also added four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Caris LeVert added 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, making all three of his three-point attempts. Glenn Robinson III was the only other Wolverine in double figures with an efficient 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford combined to score 12 points, grab 15 rebounds and block five shots.
The third-ranked Badgers became the highest-ranked team Michigan has ever beaten on the road. Michigan remains tied with Michigan State, the only two teams in the Big Ten still unbeaten in league play. The Wolverines host Iowa (14-3, 3-1) on Wednesday.
23 points (7-of-17 FG, 3-of-9 3PT, 6-of-6 FT), four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal in 37 minutes
20 points (7-of-15 FG, 3-of-3 3PT, 3-of-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, four steals in 38 minutes
16 points (4-of-7 FG, 4-of-5 3PT, 4-of-5 FT), one rebound in 38 minutes
• Michigan’s 5-0 Big Ten start is its best since starting 6-0 during the 2002-03 season
• Nik Stauskas has now scored 20 or more points eight times this season
• Caris LeVert has now scored 20 or more points three times this season
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||6-8||0-0||2-2||0||0||0||3||14||1||2||0||0||31|
|10||Derrick Walton Jr.*||1-2||0-0||0-1||0||2||2||0||2||2||0||0||0||31|