Wolverine Rally Falls Short in Big Ten Quarterfinal Loss to Badgers
Tim Hardaway Jr.

March 15, 2013

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Site: Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #22 Wisconsin 68, #6 Michigan 59
Records: U-M (26-7), WIS (22-10)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, March 17 -- NCAA Selection Show (CBS), 6 p.m.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team's (No. 6 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) Big Ten Tournament run was halted in the quarterfinal round by Wisconsin (No. 22 AP, No. 23 ESPN/USA Today), 68-59, today (Friday, March 15) inside the United Center.

After five minutes of back-and-forth play midway through the second half, Wisconsin went on a 7-0 run to increase its lead to 11 points, 56-45, with 5:54 on the clock.

Michigan came back firing, going on a 9-0 run of its own, compliments of three points from freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) and six from sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS), forcing Wisconsin to call timeout at the 3:35 mark. After the timeout, the Badgers scored five unanswered to go up by seven. The Wolverines were forced to foul down the stretch, and Wisconsin went 5-for-6 from the free throw line to seal the 68-59 victory.

Burke led the Wolverines for the second straight game in the tournament with a game-high 19 points and seven assists, while junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) added 14 points and nine rebounds. McGary was just shy of a double-digit scoring effort with nine points and seven rebounds.

After a slow start and with Michigan leading, 6-4, with 12:39 remaining in the first half, back-to-back transition baskets gave the Wolverines a 10-4 advantage. Burke assisted on both field goals, including a layup by McGary and an alley-oop to Hardaway for a slam.

After the second media timeout (11:00), where Michigan owned a 10-6 lead, freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) laid in a transition alley-oop from Burke and followed it with an offensive put-back to put the Wolverines up 14-6 by the 7:27 media timeout. Out of the timeout, junior/sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) backed his man into the paint and banked one in off the glass.

Wisconsin responded with a three-pointer and a free throw to cut U-M's lead to six, 16-10, before freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) hit a jumper to make it 18-10 in favor of the Wolverines at the 4:35 mark. Two pairs of free throws by Wisconsin brought the Badgers within four, 18-14, with a minute remaining in the first half. Robinson made it 20-14 with 27 seconds to play with his driving field goal, but a long-range bucket from the Badgers with seven seconds on the clock cut U-M's lead to three, 20-17, at the half.

Michigan's 20 points in the first half are the lowest it has tallied in a half this season. Wisconsin shot just 17 percent (5-for-29) in the opening half, while the Wolverines hit 35 percent of their attempts (10-for-29).

Out of the locker room, two pairs of free throws by Stauskas and Hardaway put Michigan up, 24-19, at the 18:26 mark. Wisconsin responded with 10 unanswered points, including a three by Ben Brust, two layups by Jared Berggren and a triple from Frank Kaminsky, giving the Badgers their first lead since the opening basket, 29-24, by the 15:15 mark.

The two teams continued to exchange baskets and an old-fashioned three-point play by Horford brought the Wolverines within three, 40-37, with 11:22 to play.

The Wolverines now turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament. They will find out what seed, location and opponent they earn Sunday night (March 17) during CBS's NCAA Selection Show at 6 p.m.

Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon 734-763-4423

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