Badgers have no luck against MI in 83-72 loss


Hot shooting and three UW turnovers in its first six possessions gave MI an early cushion.

Eight players scored in the first half for MI, led by Robinson's 14 points.

"Our defense in the first half was very good; second half not as good", coach John Beilein said.

Moments of excitement, however, have been short-lived this season, as Wisconsin's second-half spurt was more the exception than the rule. It's tough to play with that kind of lead.

The second half brought more of the same until a Nate Reuvers jumper sent the Badgers on an 10-0 that gave this team life, and we saw flashes of what we thought this team could be this season-they outscored MI 50-39 in the second half, but every time they pulled within striking distance, the Wolverines got a big bucket, and in the end, a first-half deficit was too much to overcome. The Wolverines (9-5 Big Ten, 20-7 overall) almost surrendered their 23-point lead when their offense relaxed, but they made the necessary stops to get a reprieve from a recent offensive slump to trample the underperforming Badgers (4-10, 11-16), 83-72. The Wolverines also got 15 points from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and 11 from Charles Matthews. "We just had to stay poised and stay composed". Defensively, Michigan basketball yields 63.4 points per game against the opposing teams.

The loss comes 3 days after the Badgers had busted a five game losing skid with a win over IL.

Ethan Happ scored a season-high 29 points for Wisconsin.

When the MI basketball team took the floor at the Kohl Center against Wisconsin Sunday, the Wolverines found themselves in a tough spot.

Wisconsin shot 49 percent for the game (27 of 55) but just 36 percent (9 of 25) in the first half.

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"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.

MI closed out one of its best first halves of the season with a 7-0 run - highlighted by Robinson's fourth 3-pointer of the half - and held Wisconsin scoreless over the final 4:19 to take a commanding 44-22 lead into halftime.

It was the second win for MI in Madison since 2000, and gave Wolverines coach John Beilein his eighth 20-win campaign in 11 seasons in Ann Arbor.

U-M made seven of its first nine 3-pointers, finishing 8 of 14 for the half. The Wolverines cooled off after the break, but by then the damage was done. "He made 50 in 55 shots", Beilein said about Robinson. MI was coming off a 38.6 percent shooting effort in a 61-52 loss to Northwestern on Tuesday. They understand that there are some teams - and this team is one - where it's a good matchup for us.

The Michigan Wolverines will play the Wisconsin Badgers in one of the NCAA basketball games on Sunday, start time at 1:00 PM ET, at Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

Winning at Wisconsin, let alone so easily, is a rarity for MI.

After the first seven points, MI hit the gas pedal even harder.

Speaking of Wagner, the MI forward had another strong game, recording a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Robinson was 5 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3, in his first start since January 9 against Purdue. The German big man dominated inside, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He had been 2-for-13 from beyond the arc in his past three games. "He should've shot some more in the second half".

Wisconsin: The Badgers trailed at home by at least 19 points at the half for at least the third time this season. Wisconsin limited MI to 33, but the Wolverines were much stingier on the glass, allowing 23 rebounds for the Badgers. 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 have all the motivation in the world to snag a win here to improve its postseason standing, while Wisconsin's playing for little more than a chance to get to its fifth win within the conference. And not let them shoot 65 percent. You get experience through games like this. "It's as simple as that".