Feb. 16, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #21 Wisconsin 75, #15 Michigan 62
Records: U-M (18-7, 10-3 Big Ten), WIS (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 23 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Center), Noon [ TV: CBS ]
Postgame Feature: Michigan Using Loss to Wisconsin as Learning Experience
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) scored a career-high 25 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting and led a second-half charge, but it was not enough for the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 15 AP, No. 18 ESPN/USA Today), which fell to Wisconsin (No. 21 AP, No. 21 ESPN/USA Today), 75-62, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) inside Crisler Center.
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) scored 11 points, and his classmate Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) contributed 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting for the Wolverines, who trailed the entire game. They were down by as many as 18 in the first half and came back to within three points of the lead in the second, but Wisconsin finished the game on a 23-13 run to seal the victory.
The Badgers made the first two shots of the contest and went up 12-2 for their first double-digit lead.
Wisconsin hit six of its first seven field goal attempts and made both of its three-point tries, while the Wolverines made just two of their first six shots in the opening five minutes.
With Wisconsin holding 26-11 lead, Michigan responded with a LeVert triple and a Stauskas jumper to bring the score to 26-16 with 5:48 left before halftime.
The Badgers then scored eight unanswered points to hold an 18-point lead with a little more than a minute left in the half, and LeVert made a three with 43 ticks left to make the score 34-19 going into the break.
U-M did not have a single assist in the first half and shot 7-of-22 (32 percent), including 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. Wisconsin went 13-of-31 (42 percent) on field goals in the first frame and hit four of its 10 attempts from three.
In the second half, U-M responded used a 9-0 run to come within three points of the lead. LeVert hit a three from the top of the key and followed it with a driving layup. On the Wolverines' next possession, Robinson knocked down a mid-range jumper to make the score 52-47 with 6:51 left, forcing Wisconsin to call timeout. LeVert made two free throws after the stoppage to cut the Badgers' lead to 52-49, before Wisconsin pulled away.
Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Sam Dekker ended the game with 15 points and eight boards. As a team, the Badgers shot 26-of-58 (45 percent) for the game, going 7-of-17 (41 percent) from three. Michigan shot 20-of-50 (40 percent) and made six of its 16 three-point attempts (38 percent).
U-M finished the game with only five assists compared to Wisconsin's 10 and was outrebounded by the Badgers, 33-30. Michigan was also outscored in the paint, 32-14.
The Maize and Blue will take on Michigan State next Sunday (Feb. 23) inside Crisler Center. Tipoff is set for noon, and the game will be televised on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423