Rapid Reaction: Michigan beats Wisconsin in Madison

Basketball

Michigan (20-7) beat Wisconsin (11-16) on the road by a score of 83-72.?

Wisconsin has been pretty disappointing this season, with exception of Ethan Happ. Their star player leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

Michigan has a pretty soft ending to the season, but they can’t afford to lose against some of these bad teams down the stretch.

This game was never really close. Players like Ibi Watson and Austin Davis saw time in the first half. While part of this can be attributed to Isaiah Livers’ injury, much of it was due to Wisconsin being not very good.

Wagner post defense

Teams that play through their big man, like Wisconsin does with Ethan Happ, are difficult to defend. All they have to do is get it to their best player on the block.

This can be avoided by making it difficult to let them get the entry pass, which is what I found impressive in Wagner’s game.

Teske usually lets the entry pass in and tries to defend with his strength and length. Wagner utilizes his quickness by deflecting the passes or dissuading the guard not to pass in fear of a turnover.

It is worth noting that Wagner did have a lot of backside help, but he defended better than I had originally expected.

Duncan Robinson and Isaiah Livers

With the injury to Isaiah Livers, Duncan Robinson saw his first start since he lost the job to the talented freshman.

Robinson has been a letdown this year, but it seems he could be starting to heat up.

In this game, he had 16 points (5-9).

If Robinson stays hot, it will be interesting to see how the Wolverines handle minutes and rotations with Isaiah Livers coming back from injury.

Michigan player of the Game – Moritz Wagner

Wagner had another great game in this win against Wisconsin. The big fella was impressive on both sides of the floor, but was dominant offensively.

He posted yet another double-double and finished with an impressive stat line: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.

Quick Thoughts

  • Michigan has been winning games while shooting low percentages, but in this game they shot 56 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3.
  • Badger Ethan Happ had a season high 29 points on 23 shots.
  • Head Coach John Beilein subbed Zavier Simpson out late in the 2nd half for the better free throw shooter in Jordan Poole.

 

Here is a link to the full box score.

 

The next game for the Wolverines is on Wednesday the 14th at 6:30 as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-15) in Ann Arbor.

 

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