Badgers lose to Michigan following slow start

Michigan vs Wisconsin college basketball: tv channel, preview, prediction, odds

Michigan vs Wisconsin college basketball: tv channel, preview, prediction, odds

So even against a less-than-vintage Wisconsin team, a win on Sunday would do the Wolverines wonders as it builds its postseason dossier.

But thanks to the Wolverines' offensive avalanche in the first half, it didn't much matter.

"Our defense in the first half was very, very good", Beilein said. "Second half, not as good", Beilein said. It's tough to play with that kind of lead. "We did not execute down the stretch".

Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1-1 Big Ten) surged to a 3-0 lead by the 15:38 mark of the first period, prompting Wisconsin (14-15-4-8-11-3-1 Big Ten) to bring in senior goaltender Kyle Hayton in relief of sophomore Jack Berry. They were without one of their starters in a game they absolutely had to win. "We just had to stay poised and stay composed". Aleem Ford's 3 with 2:37 left to get within eight kept Wisconsin's flickering hopes alive.

Looking to close the gap, Wisconsin looked to Ethan Happ, who scored the team's next seven points, but they couldn't keep up with the hot shooting of MI.

Prediction: Regardless of Wisconsin's recent dominance over MI, I think the Badgers will struggle to defend homecourt here against MI.

"Obviously, the start, and I'll go through the film to see the specifics, but that's where I felt, ironically, it got away from us", said Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard. A 15-2 run to start the game was huge and a stellar showing from Duncan Robinson, who was 4-of-7 from 3-point range for 16 points in Isaiah Livers absence, was a big help. So give me the Wolverines to steal a road win and cover.

It was all MI early as the Wolverines were clicking on both ends and jumped out to a 15-2 lead with 14:27 left in the first half. The Wolverines secured a road victory in the series for just the second time since 2000, with a 77-70 victory over the then-No. The fifth-year senior was removed as a starter on January 13 against Michigan State, and he welcomed the return with 16 points, hitting his first four threes in the process. MI was coming off a 38.6 percent shooting effort in a 61-52 loss to Northwestern on Tuesday.


Wisconsin: The Badgers trailed at home by at least 19 points at the half for the third time this season.

A pair of Duncan Robinson 3-pointers sandwiched around a Wagner trey made it 33-15 MI, forcing a Wisconsin timeout. The Wolverines had hit 12 of 16 shots at that point, including seven from long range.

MI attacked the basket and drained three 3-pointers, including back-to-back deep balls by Poole and Wagner that capped an 8-0 spurt and gave the Wolverines a 13-point cushion. Robinson was 5 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3, in his first start since January 9 against Purdue.

Robinson added a bucket in the second half to finish with 16 points.

Minnesota (17-13-1, 8-10-1-1) has won four of its past five games. "He made 50 in 55 shots", Beilein said about Robinson. Countless stagnant possessions and missed shots around the rim allowed MI to comfortably cruise to a 20-6 lead with 10:57 to go in the half.

The Wolverines led 58-35 after a reverse layup by freshman guard Jordan Poole before the Badgers finally started showing some signs of life.

"One of those things that plays into it is shooting 36 percent in the first half", Gard said. "It's as simple as that". And not let them shoot 65 percent.

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