ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A win Saturday afternoon would have place the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team squarely in the center of the Massive 10 title race heading into the last 4 months of the frequent period.
In its place, the Badgers were still left lamenting a missed option. And in that missed option were as well lots of squandered scoring probabilities to count.
The end result, a 61-52 reduction to No. 7 Michigan at Crisler Arena, still left the No. 19 Badgers with some significant do the job to do in their pursuit of a championship.
The reduction dropped UW into a tie for fourth-spot in the standings, two video games driving the very first-spot Wolverines (22-2, 11-2 Massive 10) with seven video games remaining in the frequent period.
That’s not insurmountable, by any suggests, but it tends to make UW’s highway to the leading that much a lot more tricky. Not that the Badgers can invest much time dwelling on this defeat with Michigan Condition coming to the Kohl Center on Tuesday.
“A win currently would have (created it) a lot easier likely ahead,” UW senior center Ethan Happ said. “That puts Michigan Condition at practically a must-win for the Massive 10 championship due to the fact you noticed how excellent Michigan is. It appears to be like like they’re not likely to eliminate a lot a lot more.”
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Junior guard Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 factors after halftime to help Michigan steer clear of a 2nd reduction in three months to UW (17-7, 9-4). Junior ahead Jon Teske matched his occupation large with 17 factors and 12 rebounds as the Wolverines stretched their home profitable streak to 21 video games, a operate that contains a 15- mark this period.
When they knocked off the formerly unbeaten Wolverines 64-54 on Jan. 19 at the Kohl Center, the Badgers closed the game with a 7- operate around the last 51.2 seconds. This time, it was Michigan who landed the last punch by outscoring UW 10-2 around the last 3:53.
“This was a bit of a revenge game, due to the fact they did conquer us,” Michigan mentor John Beilein said. “It was our very first reduction, men and women storming the courtroom. We never like that – even while it is really the suitable thing to do.”
UW’s scoring output Saturday matched its least expensive in Massive 10 enjoy and, considering its opponent is No. 1 nationally in KenPom’s modified defensive performance classification, that should not be all that surprising.
But a person stat instructed the tale of why the Badgers were kicking themselves after the reduction: They concluded 16 of 41 on pictures in the paint.
Afterward, UW mentor Greg Gard gave a laundry checklist of contributing things about his team’s lack of ability to end about the rim.
“Not ending with two hands, not taking part in off of two ft, taking part in as well quick at situations,” Gard said. “Avoiding make contact with as an alternative of initiating make contact with or using the make contact with. Not ending in the direction of our focus on. About just about every way of how-not to end.”
Happ concluded with a team-large 18 factors and 11 rebounds, but it was a bizarre game for the UW star. He had 5 of the Badgers’ seven turnovers and only scored 8 factors around the last 29 minutes, 9 seconds after generating 10 factors in the opening 11:51 of the game.
Soon after missing two pictures early in the 2nd fifty percent, Happ picked up his third foul with 18:27 remaining and sat for the next 9 minutes. He finished up likely 2 of 9 from the industry in the 2nd fifty percent and missing 9 of his last 13 attempts after dominating Teske early in the game.
“I’ve just got to aim a minor bit a lot more about the rim,” Happ said. “There were a lot of alternatives for me, in which I place myself in seriously excellent place to rating, and then I just type of botched it.”
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It wasn’t just Happ, while. No person else on the team attained double figures in scoring and many gamers had trouble ending after drives to the basket.
A further telling stat: UW attempted only two absolutely free throws, missing each.
“That’s anything we management,” sophomore guard Brad Davison said of UW’s struggles in the paint. “We toss it in there a lot and it’s not just a person man, it’s anyone when we get in there. You have got to end.
“There’s likely to be make contact with, but it’s February, it’s Massive 10 enjoy, they’re not likely to get in touch with the foul. So you have got to battle by way of the make contact with and just aim on making the layup, anything we management.”
Davison was included in a critical enjoy early in the 2nd fifty percent that led to him getting assessed a Flagrant 1 hook-and-hold foul. Soon after a skip by Matthews, Davison and Teske got tangled up even though battling for a rebound and the three officials wanted a closer look.
Soon after a excursion to the keep an eye on, Terry Wymer, Lamont Simpson and Kelly Pfeifer evidently decided Davison latched on to Teske. A request for clarification from the officials after the game was denied by the Massive 10 business office thanks to it getting a “judgment get in touch with, not a policies and restrictions problem.”
Gard, in his postgame news conference, said he had still to see the enjoy.
“They instructed me that they were tangled up and they assumed they noticed a hook-and-hold as they viewed the enjoy are living,” Gard said. “They wanted to look at it (all over again) and they instructed me which is what they located, that there was an entangling of arms and then a clamping at some stage.”
Teske created each absolutely free throws and Matthews drained a baseline jumper to make it 31-27. That 4-stage possession gave Michigan the direct for excellent.
Afterwards in the fifty percent, Matthews had a hand in 13 consecutive factors for the Wolverines. He scored 10 on his very own and fed Teske for a basket that led to a three-stage enjoy.
“We permitted that to happen in some regard, but clearly it’s a credit rating to Charles, as well, due to the fact he created plays and he’s accomplished that for them,” Gard said. “He tends to make massive pictures and the moment he got likely, he was tough to halt.”
Even after Matthews’ explosion, UW however had a opportunity to incorporate to its six-game profitable streak.
A basket by Happ pulled the Badgers to in 46-45 with 6:13 remaining, but he missed the ensuing absolutely free toss. 3 possessions later, he scored all over again to slice Michigan’s direct to 51-50 with 4:17 still left.
But the Badgers failed to rating on their next 5 possessions, with Happ and senior ahead Khalil Iverson each missing two pictures in the paint in that span. Happ also had a turnover all through that stretch.
It was a a person-possession game right up until Matthews created a baseline jumper with 1:30 to go. The next excursion down the flooring, he created a fallaway jumper to place the game out of get to.
Soon after it was around and Happ was standing with his again to the wall in a tunnel adjacent to the courtroom, he had a rough time having around the fact the Badgers missed 25 pictures in the paint.
“If we make fifty percent of the misses, then which is a lot different ballgame,” he said. “It’s rough to place that much pressure on your protection.”