ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A acquire Saturday afternoon would have put the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball group squarely in the middle of the Significant 10 title race heading into the last 4 weeks of the common season.
In its place, the Badgers were being left lamenting a missed possibility. And within just that missed possibility were being much too a lot of squandered scoring chances to count.
The result, a 61-52 decline to No. 7 Michigan at Crisler Arena, left the No. 19 Badgers with some key function to do in their pursuit of a championship.
The decline dropped UW into a tie for fourth-place in the standings, two video games behind the very first-place Wolverines (22-2, 11-2 Significant 10) with seven video games remaining in the common season.
Which is not insurmountable, by any signifies, but it can make UW’s highway to the top that much a lot more complicated. Not that the Badgers can devote much time dwelling on this defeat with Michigan State coming to the Kohl Middle on Tuesday.
“A acquire right now would have (created it) a large amount simpler likely forward,” UW senior center Ethan Happ said. “That puts Michigan State at virtually a must-acquire for the Significant 10 championship due to the fact you noticed how superior Michigan is. It appears like they are not likely to lose a large amount a lot more.”
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Junior guard Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points soon after halftime to enable Michigan keep away from a second decline in a few weeks to UW (17-7, 9-4). Junior forward Jon Teske matched his vocation high with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Wolverines stretched their home successful streak to 21 video games, a run that contains a 15- mark this season.
When they knocked off the earlier unbeaten Wolverines 64-54 on Jan. 19 at the Kohl Middle, the Badgers shut the activity with a 7- run over the last 51.2 seconds. This time, it was Michigan who landed the last punch by outscoring UW 10-2 over the last 3:53.
“This was a bit of a revenge activity, due to the fact they did defeat us,” Michigan mentor John Beilein said. “It was our very first decline, individuals storming the court. We really don’t like that – even nevertheless it is really the ideal factor to do.”
UW’s scoring output Saturday matched its least expensive in Significant 10 play and, thinking of its opponent is No. 1 nationally in KenPom’s adjusted defensive effectiveness group, that should not be all that shocking.
But 1 stat explained to the story of why the Badgers were being kicking them selves soon after the decline: They concluded 16 of 41 on pictures in the paint.
Afterward, UW mentor Greg Gard gave a laundry checklist of contributing elements regarding his team’s inability to end around the rim.
“Not ending with two fingers, not playing off of two toes, playing much too quick at occasions,” Gard said. “Avoiding call as an alternative of initiating call or using the call. Not ending toward our target. About every single way of how-not to end.”
Happ concluded with a group-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it was a unusual activity for the UW star. He had five of the Badgers’ seven turnovers and only scored eight points over the last 29 minutes, 9 seconds soon after manufacturing 10 points in the opening 11:51 of the activity.
Just after missing two pictures early in the second half, Happ picked up his third foul with 18:27 remaining and sat for the upcoming 9 minutes. He finished up likely 2 of 9 from the industry in the second half and missing 9 of his last 13 attempts soon after dominating Teske early in the activity.
“I’ve just acquired to concentration a very little bit a lot more around the rim,” Happ said. “There were being a large amount of alternatives for me, where by I put myself in genuinely superior place to score, and then I just form of botched it.”
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It was not just Happ, nevertheless. No one else on the group reached double figures in scoring and a number of players had trouble ending soon after drives to the basket.
Another telling stat: UW attempted only two no cost throws, missing both.
“That’s some thing we command,” sophomore guard Brad Davison said of UW’s struggles in the paint. “We throw it in there a large amount and it is not just 1 male, it is everyone when we get in there. You have acquired to end.
“There’s likely to be call, but it is February, it is Significant 10 play, they are not likely to contact the foul. So you’ve acquired to battle through the call and just concentration on earning the layup, some thing we command.”
Davison was associated in a significant play early in the second half that led to him getting assessed a Flagrant 1 hook-and-maintain foul. Just after a overlook by Matthews, Davison and Teske acquired tangled up although battling for a rebound and the a few officials preferred a nearer seem.
Just after a trip to the observe, Terry Wymer, Lamont Simpson and Kelly Pfeifer seemingly decided Davison latched on to Teske. A request for clarification from the officials soon after the activity was denied by the Significant 10 office due to it getting a “judgment contact, not a procedures and restrictions problem.”
Gard, in his postgame news conference, said he had yet to see the play.
“They explained to me that they were being tangled up and they thought they noticed a hook-and-maintain as they watched the play reside,” Gard said. “They preferred to seem at it (yet again) and they explained to me that’s what they identified, that there was an entangling of arms and then a clamping at some issue.”
Teske created both no cost throws and Matthews drained a baseline jumper to make it 31-27. That 4-issue possession gave Michigan the guide for superior.
Afterwards in the half, Matthews had a hand in 13 consecutive points for the Wolverines. He scored 10 on his own and fed Teske for a basket that led to a a few-issue play.
“We permitted that to come about in some regard, but of course it is a credit history to Charles, much too, due to the fact he created plays and he’s accomplished that for them,” Gard said. “He can make significant pictures and as soon as he acquired likely, he was tough to halt.”
Even soon after Matthews’ explosion, UW nevertheless had a possibility to include to its 6-activity successful streak.
A basket by Happ pulled the Badgers to within just 46-45 with 6:13 remaining, but he missed the ensuing no cost throw. 3 possessions later on, he scored yet again to slash Michigan’s guide to 51-50 with 4:17 left.
But the Badgers failed to score on their upcoming five possessions, with Happ and senior forward Khalil Iverson both missing two pictures in the paint in that span. Happ also had a turnover during that stretch.
It was a 1-possession activity until eventually Matthews created a baseline jumper with 1:30 to go. The upcoming trip down the floor, he created a fallaway jumper to put the activity out of get to.
Just after it was over and Happ was standing with his back again to the wall in a tunnel adjacent to the court, he had a challenging time obtaining over the simple fact the Badgers missed 25 pictures in the paint.
“If we make half of the misses, then that’s a large amount unique ballgame,” he said. “It’s challenging to put that much force on your protection.”