Halftime_Wisconsin 31-30. 3-Point Goals_Wisconsin 3-16 (Showalter 1-3, Hill 1-4, Trice 1-6, Illikainen 0-1, Brown 0-2), MI 9-23 (Wagner 3-6, Robinson 2-4, Irvin 2-5, Abdur-Rahkman 1-2, Walton 1-5, Wilson 0-1). In conference play he leads the Badgers in points (15.7), rebounds (8.8), assists (2.75), blocks (1.5) and steals (2.5). However, Wisconsin is coming off a home loss to Northwestern this past Sunday. He missed his first five shots Thursday and finished with five points on 1-of-8 shooting. That being said, MI has a tricky end to their regular season schedule, as they will play four of their last six away from home, while the two teams they host are arguably the two best in the Big Ten.
Bronson Koenig is out for Michigan-Wisconsin. Wisconsin's D'Mitrik Trice nailed a three inside the 15-minute mark to get the Badgers back within one. Finishing the game with only five points, his eight assists and his ball movement on the court were top-notch tonight. The group also includes Michigan State's Steve Smith and Draymond Green, Penn State's Talor Battle and Tim Frazier, Iowa's Jeff Horner, Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Ohio State's Evan Turner.
Happ, limited to a combined 17 points and 6-of-17 shooting (35.3%) in the two previous games largely because of aggressive double-teams, faced single coverage for most of the game Thursday. The college basketball odds for the game have the Wolverines favored to pick up the win at home. In the five games since, he shot 22.6 percent and his teammates shot 29.7 percent. Zak Irvin broke out of his slump with 18 points and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 12. He is just 10 for his last 47 (21.2%) from beyond the arc.
Moe Wagner put the nail in the coffin with 1:09 left with his third three of the game to put MI up 63-54. Fouled Out_Happ. Rebounds_Wisconsin 34 (Showalter 8), MI 25 (Walton, Irvin 5). The Badgers trailed the Wolverines by six points with about five minutes to go, then used a 12-0 run to take control. Trice fouled Abdur-Rahkman on his tiebreaking 3-pointer. He is shooting 49.2% from the field, 48.3% from three point range and 89.1% from the free throw line.
Big Ten's bestMichigan Wolverines guard Derrick Walton. If Wagner and Wilson can keep Happ off the glass and away from the basket again, the Wolverines could be in good shape.