|#6 Michigan (27-6)||20||39||59|
|#22 Wisconsin (22-10)||17||51||68|
It was a classic tale of two halves for Michigan and Wisconsin on Friday afternoon as the first half saw brick after brick and the second became a shootout. Wisconsin scored a season low 17 points in the first half on 5-of-29 shooting, but Michigan didn’t fare much better, tallying just 20 points. Neither team could muster any offense in a first half that more resembled a women’s Big Ten Tournament game that a men’s.
But in the second half, Wisconsin performed almost flawlessly, racking up 51 points on 17-of-28 shooting (6-of-9 from three). To put that number in perspective, it’s more than the Badgers scored in six entire games this season.
Wisconsin broke out to a 56-45 lead with under six minutes to play before Michigan put together a nice scoring run of its own to claw back into the game. Nine straight points brought the Wolverines within two with 3:37 left, but with the shot clock running down on a Badger possession, Frank Kaminsky made a contested jumper to stop the momentum. Michigan wasn’t able to convert on its next possession and was forced to foul the rest of the way to try to catch up. But it wasn’t meant to be and the Wolverines fell 68-59.
For the game, Michigan shot just 40.4 percent from the field and made just 3-of-13 three-pointers. The free throw line was also a sore spot as Michigan hit just 10-of-17. The Wolverines also turned the ball over 11 times compared to just seven assists.
Trey Burke led the way with 19 points, but it took him 22 shots to get there. He got several open looks from around the free throw line, but was unable to find his stroke. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points and nine rebounds, while no other Michigan player scored in double figures. The big men struggled particularly, netting a combined 14 points, nine of which came from Mitch McGary. Jordan Morgan was held scoreless in eight minutes and turned the ball over three times.
Michigan now has to wait and see where it will be placed in next week’s NCAA Tournament. With a 6-6 record over its past 12 games, a 2-seed might be out of the question, depending on how the rest of the conference tournaments finish up this weekend. Michigan is now just 9-13 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play.
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||4-8||0-1||0-4||1||2||3||0||8||0||0||0||2||32|
|10||Tim Hardaway Jr.*||5-9||2-4||2-2||0||9||9||3||14||0||2||1||0||37|