It was not a good day for the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team.
In a battle of two top-10 teams, the Wisconsin Badgers failed to show up on both ends of the court, losing to the Michigan Wolverines, 77-54, in Ann Arbor.
After a Nate Reuvers jumper to cut the Michigan lead to 26-23 with 6:18 remaining in the first half, Michigan went on a 14-0 run to finish the half. The Wolverines opened the second half on a 29-6 run, so in a span of 16 minutes and 18 seconds (of game time), Michigan went on a 43-6 run that saw the lead get to 40 points.
Wisconsin’s defense was atrocious, allowing Michigan to shoot 51.6 percent from the field and 56.2 percent from 3-point range. Michigan also out rebounded the Badgers 42-34.
The Badgers offense wasn’t any better, shooting 20-of-65 (30.8%) from the field and 9-of-28 (32.1%) from 3-point range.
The Badgers just didn’t respond to the aggressiveness that Michigan’s defense was playing with and to have a chance against very good teams on the road, you need to respond.
“We got pushed on our heels and never responded the correct way,” D’Mitrik Trice said. “We couldn’t get stops from the jump.”
UW also got a little too jumper happy which when you’re not shooting the ball particularly well, it’s not the best idea to do that.
D’Mitrik Trice led UW with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting (4-of-7 from 3). Micah Potter was the only other Badger in double-figures as he scored 12.
Aleem Ford, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers and Jonathan Davis were a combined 5-for-31 (16.1%) for 12 points.
“We’ll look back and learn, we’ll use every opportunity to learn,” UW head coach Greg Gard said. “This was an opportunity like I told them in the locker room where we’re gonna stay on the road. It’ll be a great challenge for us Friday night and we’ll see how they respond.”
Wisconsin falls to 10-3 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten play.
The Badgers will play on the road in Piscataway, New Jersey against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-4, 3-4) on Friday, January 15. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on FS1.