Jan. 18, 2014
The Wolverines' 77-70 victory over the third-ranked Badgers snapped an 11-game losing streak at Wisconsin.
The win is Michigan's first-ever victory against a top-three team in a true road game.
Michigan remains unbeaten in five Big Ten games this season (5-0); it is the best start for the team since a 6-0 start to the 2002-03 season.
This is the team's second victory all-time at the Kohl Center; the other was a 51-39 win on Feb. 27, 1999.
Michigan provided Wisconsin with its first loss of the season at the Kohl Center (10-1).
Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas secured the Wolverines' victory by scoring the team's final 11 points of the game. He finished with a game-high 23 points, including four assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal. It is his eighth 20-point scoring effort of the season.
Stauskas started his 11-point run by hitting a jumper in the lane at 3:26 that ended a 5:10 scoring drought for the Wolverines. He gave Michigan a four-point lead (71-67) with a step-back three with 48.1 seconds. Stauskas converted six free throws down the stretch (1-and-1s at 24.7 and 14.2 seconds and two shots at 1.8).
Stauskas scored seven first-half points on a three and two jumpers while contributing two assists and two blocks.
Michigan started the second half with a 16-6 run that opened up a 59-44 lead at 11:28. U-M maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half and extended it 15 points, before a 10-point Wisconsin run made the score 66-63 with 4:07 remaining in the contest.
Sophomore guard Caris LeVert scored 20 points. This is the third time that LeVert has scored 20 or more points in his career (all this season). LeVert also added seven rebounds and four assists and had a team-high four steals.
Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III finished the game with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Robinson has scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and 14th time this season.
Robinson and LeVert led the Wolverines with double-figure scoring efforts in the first half. LeVert led the way with 13 points, and Robinson contributed 12 points.
LeVert had a strong first half, scoring 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting with four assists and three steals. He hit both three-point attempts and converted all three free throws in the opening stanza.
Robinson hit his first three shots, tallying six points, to help Michigan open up a 21-12 lead at 12:58 of the first half. He finished the first half shooting 5-of-6 from the field and knocked down both free throw attempts.
Senior forward Jordan Morgan led the team with eight rebounds and three blocks. He hit all three shots for six points. Morgan contributed four points, four rebounds and two blocks during the first half.
Senior/junior forward Jon Horford equaled Morgan's effort with six points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He led the team with five rebounds during the opening 20 minutes while contributing four points and one block.
Morgan and Horford combined for 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. The duo hit all six field goal attempts in the game.
The Wolverines blocked five Badgers shots during the opening half and finished the game with seven rejections.
U-M has shot 50 percent or better from the field in the past four games. The team shot 54.7 percent (29-of-53), including 7-of-13 from beyond the three-point arc. The Wolverines shot 60.7 percent from the field during the first half (17-28), including 4-of-5 from three.
Michigan used a 12-4 run and a 7-0 run to maintain a first-half lead over the Badgers, 43-38. The Wolverines led by 10 on two occasions during the first 20 minutes.
U-M hit 12-of-14 free throws.
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