Jan. 8, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #16 Michigan 59, #18 Wisconsin 41
Records: U-M (13-3; 3-1 Big Ten), Wisconsin (12-5; 1-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 11 -- vs. Northwestern (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 16 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) used a strong defensive effort to defeat Wisconsin (No. 18 AP/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today), 59-41, and secure its 10th straight home victory on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 8) at the Crisler Center. The Badgers, who were averaging 68 points per game this season, were held to a season-low point total in the win.
Behind a game-high 11 rebounds from redshirt-sophomore Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr.'s (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) second career double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds), U-M built a 38-29 rebounding advantage over Wisconsin. Michigan converted 16 points off turnovers and 13 points off offensive rebounds in the win.
The Wolverines produced a 10-2 lead over the Badgers after Hardaway sank a pair from the charity stripe at the 12:51 mark in the first half. U-M did not hold the lead for long, however, as Wisconsin went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes, forcing Michigan to call a 30-second timeout.
Out of the timely break, Michigan hit three straight triples -- from senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), Hardaway, and sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]), respectively -- to build a 15-7 run leading up to the halftime break.
With a 25-19 advantage out of the locker room, Michigan went on a 7-0 run to begin to pull away, holding Wisconsin scoreless for the first five minutes of the half in the process. Then, with 10 minutes remaining, an old-fashioned three-point play by Burke completed a second 7-0 U-M run to give the Wolverines a 17-point, 43-26, lead from which the Badgers could never recover.
The Wolverines will return to the floor on Wednesday (Jan. 11) when they host Northwestern inside the Crisler Center. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423