ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A get Saturday afternoon would have set the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team squarely in the center of the Big Ten title race heading into the closing 4 months of the regular year.
As a substitute, the Badgers have been remaining lamenting a missed possibility. And within just that missed possibility have been much too quite a few squandered scoring probabilities to rely.
The outcome, a 61-52 loss to No. 7 Michigan at Crisler Arena, remaining the No. 19 Badgers with some major function to do in their pursuit of a championship.
The loss dropped UW into a tie for fourth-spot in the standings, two games at the rear of the 1st-spot Wolverines (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) with seven games remaining in the regular year.
That’s not insurmountable, by any implies, but it makes UW’s road to the best that significantly extra tough. Not that the Badgers can shell out significantly time dwelling on this defeat with Michigan Condition coming to the Kohl Heart on Tuesday.
“A get now would have (built it) a lot simpler likely forward,” UW senior heart Ethan Happ stated. “That puts Michigan Condition at pretty much a must-get for the Big Ten championship simply because you noticed how superior Michigan is. It seems like they are not likely to get rid of a lot extra.”
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Junior guard Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points immediately after halftime to help Michigan stay clear of a next loss in three months to UW (17-7, 9-4). Junior forward Jon Teske matched his job high with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Wolverines stretched their residence profitable streak to 21 games, a operate that incorporates a 15- mark this year.
When they knocked off the formerly unbeaten Wolverines 64-54 on Jan. 19 at the Kohl Heart, the Badgers closed the video game with a 7- operate above the closing 51.2 seconds. This time, it was Michigan who landed the closing punch by outscoring UW 10-2 above the closing 3:53.
“This was a little bit of a revenge video game, simply because they did conquer us,” Michigan mentor John Beilein stated. “It was our 1st loss, people today storming the court docket. We do not like that – even although it can be the correct thing to do.”
UW’s scoring output Saturday matched its lowest in Big Ten play and, thinking of its opponent is No. 1 nationally in KenPom’s modified defensive efficiency classification, that should not be all that surprising.
But a person stat informed the story of why the Badgers have been kicking on their own immediately after the loss: They finished 16 of 41 on photographs in the paint.
Afterward, UW mentor Greg Gard gave a laundry list of contributing variables concerning his team’s incapability to end around the rim.
“Not ending with two palms, not participating in off of two feet, participating in much too quick at situations,” Gard stated. “Avoiding contact as an alternative of initiating contact or taking the contact. Not ending to our concentrate on. About every single way of how-not to end.”
Happ finished with a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it was a unusual video game for the UW star. He had 5 of the Badgers’ seven turnovers and only scored eight points above the closing 29 minutes, 9 seconds immediately after generating 10 points in the opening 11:51 of the video game.
Following missing two photographs early in the next 50 percent, Happ picked up his 3rd foul with 18:27 remaining and sat for the up coming 9 minutes. He finished up likely 2 of 9 from the subject in the next 50 percent and missing 9 of his closing 13 tries immediately after dominating Teske early in the video game.
“I’ve just got to target a minimal little bit extra around the rim,” Happ stated. “There have been a lot of prospects for me, the place I set myself in actually superior placement to rating, and then I just kind of botched it.”
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It was not just Happ, although. Nobody else on the team attained double figures in scoring and numerous gamers had trouble ending immediately after drives to the basket.
A further telling stat: UW tried only two free of charge throws, missing each.
“That’s some thing we regulate,” sophomore guard Brad Davison stated of UW’s struggles in the paint. “We throw it in there a lot and it is not just a person person, it is everyone when we get in there. You have got to end.
“There’s likely to be contact, but it is February, it is Big Ten play, they are not likely to simply call the foul. So you have got to struggle by means of the contact and just target on creating the layup, some thing we regulate.”
Davison was involved in a critical play early in the next 50 percent that led to him being assessed a Flagrant 1 hook-and-keep foul. Following a miss by Matthews, Davison and Teske got tangled up while battling for a rebound and the three officials preferred a closer seem.
Following a trip to the keep an eye on, Terry Wymer, Lamont Simpson and Kelly Pfeifer apparently identified Davison latched on to Teske. A request for clarification from the officials immediately after the video game was denied by the Big Ten place of work because of to it being a “judgment simply call, not a principles and laws problem.”
Gard, in his postgame news conference, stated he had however to see the play.
“They informed me that they have been tangled up and they thought they noticed a hook-and-keep as they viewed the play live,” Gard stated. “They preferred to seem at it (yet again) and they informed me that is what they uncovered, that there was an entangling of arms and then a clamping at some stage.”
Teske built each free of charge throws and Matthews drained a baseline jumper to make it 31-27. That 4-stage possession gave Michigan the direct for superior.
Later on in the 50 percent, Matthews had a hand in 13 consecutive points for the Wolverines. He scored 10 on his individual and fed Teske for a basket that led to a three-stage play.
“We allowed that to occur in some regard, but naturally it is a credit rating to Charles, much too, simply because he built performs and he’s done that for them,” Gard stated. “He makes large photographs and after he got likely, he was challenging to stop.”
Even immediately after Matthews’ explosion, UW even now had a chance to add to its six-video game profitable streak.
A basket by Happ pulled the Badgers to within just 46-45 with 6:13 remaining, but he missed the ensuing free of charge throw. 3 belongings afterwards, he scored yet again to minimize Michigan’s direct to 51-50 with 4:17 remaining.
But the Badgers failed to rating on their up coming 5 belongings, with Happ and senior forward Khalil Iverson each missing two photographs in the paint in that span. Happ also had a turnover in the course of that extend.
It was a a person-possession video game until finally Matthews built a baseline jumper with 1:30 to go. The up coming trip down the flooring, he built a fallaway jumper to set the video game out of get to.
Following it was above and Happ was standing with his back again to the wall in a tunnel adjacent to the court docket, he had a tough time receiving above the fact the Badgers missed 25 photographs in the paint.
“If we make 50 percent of the misses, then that is a lot distinctive ballgame,” he stated. “It’s tough to set that significantly strain on your protection.”