The Badgers were able to dictate the pace, playing a low-scoring, grind-it-out affair. Michigan? It wanted to play this game in the 70s or 80s—but it never was able to get on track with its array of high-flying perimeter talent. Wisconsin shot just 38 percent but hit eight 3-pointers to Michigan’s three.
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Key moment: A layup by Trey Burke cut Wisconsin’s lead to 56-54 with 3:35 to go after the Badgers had led by as many as 11 in the second half. But Wisconsin reasserted control down the stretch, outscoring the Wolverines 12-5.
Key player: Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson excelled, notching a team-high 16 points. He also added three assists and a turnover and helped play defense on Trey Burke, who hit just 8-of-22 shots en route to scoring 19 points with four turnovers. Glenn Robinson III’s funk continued, as he had just eight points. Jordan Morgan didn’t score in eight minutes of action.
Key number: 16-of-21, Wisconsin from the free-throw line. That’s 76 percent. Not bad for a team that had struggled from the charity stripe most of the season. The Badgers entered the tourney last in the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (63).
What’s next: Wisconsin will meet No. 1 Indiana for a shot at playing in the Big Ten title game. The teams played just once this season, with the Badgers winning in Bloomington, 64-59. Wisconsin has won 11 in a row over Indiana. That, of course, means Tom Crean has yet to beat Badger Zen Master Bo Ryan, the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
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