Michigan Takes Down Big Ten Leading Wisconsin
The Maize and Blue got off to a quick start, taking an 8-2 lead, including a 6-0 run that forced Wisconsin to call an early timeout at the 16:37 mark. The Badgers then went on a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 11-10, with 12:17 remaining in the opening half.
The Wolverines caught fire from three-point range, as two triples from Duncan Robinson sandwiched one from Wagner to put Michigan back up by six, 21-15, with 8:52 on the clock. Wisconsin's Ethan Happ then scored six unanswered points to tie the game. The game was tied on four occasions over the last seven and a half minutes of the first stanza. With 1:35 left in the half, UW took its largest lead of the half, 31-27, but Walton closed the half with a three-pointer to make it a one-point game in favor of Wisconsin at the half, 31-30.
Wisconsin started the second half on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to eight, 38-30, less than three minutes in. The Wolverines came right back with an 8-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Wagner and a transition dunk from D.J. Wilson on the assist from Irvin that got the Crisler crowd on its feet.
The game remained close through the middle of the second half, as it was tied once and there were four lead changes, and Wisconsin led 47-45 with 10:47 to play. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman then scored six consecutive points, including a rare four-point play, as he was fouled as he sank a fadeaway three in the corner to beat the shot clock. Irvin added a three-pointer to give U-M a seven-point lead, 54-47, and force Wisconsin to call a timeout with 7:05 left to play.
After a Badger three-pointer, Wagner hit back-to-back field goals, highlighted by a monster highlight dunk on an assist from Abdur-Rahkman (watch below), to help U-M maintain a 58-50 advantage.
With less than three minutes to play, Walton found Irvin in transition for a dunk, Wagner sank another long-range bucket, and Michigan took its largest lead of the evening, 63-54, with 1:09 on the clock. The Badgers scored four points in the final minute, but the Wolverines thwarted their comeback efforts.
Overall, Michigan (23-for-50, 46 percent) and Wisconsin (23-for-60, 38 percent) both hit 23 field goals, with U-M sinking nine threes and the Badgers hitting just three. The win gave U-M its first win over a ranked opponent since March 11, 2016 against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Wolverines will head back on the road to face Minnesota on Sunday (Feb. 19) at 6 p.m. CST inside Williams Arena. The game will be televised on BTN.