ANN ARBOR – Wisconsin came to Crisler Center on Tuesday, with all the seniors starting with top five, nation 9, and lots of big game experience.
It doesn’t matter
Michigan did what it did to almost every opponent, especially late, dominating both sides on the way to a 77-54 victory to improve to 11-0.
Wolverine̵7;s 36-3 run, which spans both halves, made for another massive blowout. They lead by as many as 40 points.
Four Wolverines scored between 12 and 16 points, while Michigan shot 52 percent off the field and made 9 of 16.3 Wisconsin shot just 31 percent, and even that figure was driven by a shot. That is hot after the decision
Good luck finding a team that plays better than No. 7 Michigan right now, UM has won 25 points over Minnesota and won 19 northwest before that. Both opponents were rated at the time.
Wisconsin, the last team to beat Crisler on February 27 of last season, should present a tougher challenge.
But Wolverine came back 6-0 in the meeting with a selfless offense and a smooth defense, a 14-0 run to close the first half gave them a 17-point advantage and a home bench. Equalized Wisconsin scored the first three points of the second half. That’s when Wolverine walked towards the pitcher.
Chundi Brown’s insertion capped his 22-0 run over the next 6:38 and would tear the roof off Crisler if there were a few more fans to join the family.
Wisconsin missed nine field goals and made three turnovers during the attack. Badgers come into one of the country’s best 3-scoring teams. But starting at a depth of just 3 of 17 (finishing 9 of 28), Wisconsin dropped to 10-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten.
Franz Wagner made 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winner Mike Smith scored 16 and added six assists.Isaiah Livers had 13 points and six boards.
D’Mitrik Trice led Wisconsin with 20 points, Micah Potter added 12, the only badger with two digits.
The teams combine to attempt only 10 free throws.
In addition, Michigan center Austin Davis’ monster win returned after missing the past five games with a sustained foot injury on Dec. 9, the Red Shirts seniors played 12 minutes off the bench with four points. Score and four rebounds
Davis’ disappearance coincided with a Hunter Dickinson appearance. Michigan’s top scorer this season scored just two points in the first half. But went in the second half to finish with 12 points, Dickinson also recorded Michigan’s three-block nine.
The Wisconsin shock that reached most of the basket was challenged. Badgers can’t get enough of a nasty rhythm. One of the best countries to limit turnover, they had (10) more prizes than (eight) assists on Tuesday.
After Wisconsin stopped that 22-0 blast, Michigan scored their next seven. Overall, it was a 43-6 run that raised Michigan 69-29 with 10:23 left.
Michigan will try to maintain momentum in the race against No. 23 Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis.
Tuesday’s match appears to have had an early match.The Livers made his full drama early, scoring seven points as Michigan grabbed Wisconsin’s third 11-5 3-pointer lead to tie the game. At 15 with 12:13 left in the half before Michigan found a stroke from the deep
Brown hit 3 shortly after check-in, Wagner buried the Livers across his quarterback, who was knocked down and had a failed warning before forwarding Brandon Johns Jr. for a corner kick. Three times and Michigan led 26-19 with 8:31 left.
Wisconsin cut the deficit to three, remaining 6:19 before Michigan ran 14-0 to close the half. It included a steady steal and break, high-flying Dunge Wagner, a 3-step back from Smith and a lock-down Michigan defense leading 40-23.
Michigan’s bench blew up on the court and made sense all evening.