Wisconsin beats Michigan, 68-59

Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 22 Wisconsin knocked off sixth-ranked Michigan 68-59 in the second round of the Big Ten tournament on Friday. Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10), who will play top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals on Saturday. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assist.

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FINAL:  Wisconsin pulled out 68-59 win over Michigan on Friday at United Center in Chicago in the Big Ten Tourney.

A run lasting across the halftime break allowed Wisconsin (22-10) to grab the advantage. Down 16-6 with 6:19 to go in the first half, the Badgers broke out for a 23-8 run to take a five-point lead early in the second half.

Michigan (26-7) broke out for a 16-4 run to take a 10-point lead in the first. Eventually though Wisconsin came back and took the lead, 26-24, on a field goal by Jared Berggren.

Ben Brust sparked the Badgers with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and he made 4-of-6 three-pointers in the victory. Traevon Jackson nailed 4-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 16 points. Wisconsin shot just 39 percent from the field (22-of-57). The Badgers shot 8-of-21 from three-point range during the game, good for 38 percent. Wisconsin also got a double-digit game from Ryan Evans (12 points).

Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 14 points, hauled in nine rebounds, and went 5-of-9 from the field for the Wolverines in the game. Michigan also got a double-digit performance from Trey Burke (19 points).

Jon Horford finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Michigan lead 20-17 at halftime. The Badgers won the free throw battle, shooting 76 percent (16-of-21) from the charity stripe, compared to 59 percent (10-of-17) for the Wolverines.

HALFTIME:  Michigan held No. 22 Wisconsin’s offense to 17 percent shooting, helping the Wolverines to a 20-17 halftime advantage.

Michigan led 16-6 late in the first half, but allowed the Badgers to close the gap with a 11-4 run. The Wolverines dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding Wisconsin 27-21.

Through 20 minutes of action, a major weapon for the Badgers has been shut down, as Michigan has kept Jared Berggren in check. The senior enters halftime with two points, well below his season average of 11.5.

Traevon Jackson is leading Wisconsin. The sophomore has seven points. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines in the first half, with four points and five rebounds.


Burke hits Hardaway Jr. with the alley-oop.


Berggren answers the Michigan alley-oop with a jam.


Jackson’s steal leads to a Brust three-pointer.


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Badger Fan99 on 3/15/2013 @ 4:48pm EDT Said:

Bo Ryan – COY WiscONsin!

Reality Check on 3/15/2013 @ 4:53pm EDT Said:

This is indeed a sad day for the BTT audience poor officiating has robbed America of watching Americas team even the score with the Hoosiers tomorrow. America was looking forward to a rematch of the two best teams in America. Without question the National Audience melts away without Michigan. CBS would have drawn 80 million viewers tomorrow, casual non college educated fans from New Jersey to California were salivating for College Basketballs version of Ali-Frazier. Without the Michigan Brand name teams like MSU would have half the budgets and never get on TV . Outside the Midwest the little 8 is viewed only as Cannon Fodder for Michigan. A sad and tragic day. I have lost my interest in the College Basketball season.

jeffrey olle on 3/15/2013 @ 5:11pm EDT Said:

This is exactly why Michigan fans are considered “idiots” by the rest of the conference. Wisconsin beats Michigan. Again.

farmboy on 3/15/2013 @ 5:13pm EDT Said:

Reality Check….. you jest! Well, this Wisconsin fan Badgll not miss the glitz and glory of the match-up you are so brokenhearted about. I respect MI. Good team. But Badger vs. IU is just as good a storyline, and perhaps even better BB. I suggest you go find a bowling ally

Beyond The Arc on 3/15/2013 @ 5:16pm EDT Said:

a tear for reality check please :-( Go Badgers! Poor officiating? Please…

Reality Check Needs a Reality Check! on 3/15/2013 @ 5:21pm EDT Said:

Hahahahaha!!!!! That is the funniest thing I have ever read Reality Check!!! UofM has been irrelevant for 25 years!!!!!

Ron Alberts on 3/15/2013 @ 5:22pm EDT Said:

The real realty is Wisconsin beat Michigan handily and it was the second triumph for the Badgers over Michigan this season. Wisconsin already has a win over Indiana, so it will be Indiana’s chance to even the score. Michigan vs. Indiana would have been dull city.

Snuff 'the Truth' Smith on 3/15/2013 @ 5:26pm EDT Said:

Gotta Win & Lose w/ Dignity. Badgers OutPlayed Wolverines. Simple as that…Good news for Salty Michigan Fans is: You’ll have a Shot in the Big Dance. But dont Whine if UW gets a Higher Seed after taking 2 of 2…#KeepinItReal

Mk on 3/15/2013 @ 5:28pm EDT Said:

Reality Check, I hope you didn’t hone your grammar skills at “America’s” university, because THAT would be sad and tragic.

BuckMaster5000 on 3/15/2013 @ 5:55pm EDT Said:

Here’s a reality check: Tom Crean cannot beat Wisconsin!

Jonathan on 3/15/2013 @ 6:14pm EDT Said:

I think what reality check means by “bad officiating” is that the refs didn’t try to make Michigan win. Michigan is a good team, a respectable university, but it’s fans like you that give the university a bad name. When it comes down to it, sports are about which is the better team or which team played better that day, not which team is favored by America or the money maker.

Woodyguy on 3/15/2013 @ 7:31pm EDT Said:

Reality Check needs to change his name… or get new glasses…

Reality Check on 3/15/2013 @ 7:33pm EDT Said:

Tell that to the Sugar Bowl selection comittee, money talks . bs walks , 120 million dollar athletic departments run Bristol Conn. Its about the number of eyeballs on sets nothing more, nothing less. If the networks could they would give automatic invites to Michigan and Notre Dame in the final four every year.

THE TRUTH on 3/15/2013 @ 8:22pm EDT Said:

to bad its based on actual skill on the court right reality check

THE TRUTH on 3/15/2013 @ 8:22pm EDT Said:

Or else the other two teams would be the kardashians and the Gang from Twilight

JoeW on 3/15/2013 @ 8:35pm EDT Said:

Here is some reality… OSU draws the most viewers, not UM. Michigan’s team of individuals got beat AGAIN by Bucky, who plays the team game. UM will be out by second round and will be terrible next year as Burke, Hardaway, and Robinson are likely bolting for the NBA. “We On” has become We Gone…pathetic.

Badgerfan on 3/15/2013 @ 8:53pm EDT Said:

I was really glad to see that Wisonsin finally played up to their potential for a big game (now if only the foorball team can do the same in their next bowl game)! All season, they have demonstrated that they had the ability to beat any team in the Big Ten this year (and the majority of other teams in the U,S too, I think) but, unfortunately, for some reason they did not perform to their ability for the games they lost but should have won As for Michigan, their fans think that the world evolves around them (and MSU). It’s hard to reason with delusional fans!

Doug on 3/15/2013 @ 9:45pm EDT Said:

hey reality check your post was blah blah blah nobody cares about michigan anymore dude, they haven’t been relevant in hoops since about 1989 and even that title should be revoked

Doug on 3/15/2013 @ 11:35pm EDT Said:

worst rated BCS bowl ever, and for a reason: neither michigan or vtech should have been there !

Mark on 3/16/2013 @ 12:03pm EDT Said:

Reality? Really.. I remember the reality of the poor officiating against South Carolina when the fumble was not a fumble and Michigan was given the ball. Instead of South Carolina whineing about the call as Michigan fans do, Jadeveon Cloaney knocked the Michigan runningbacks head into the gulf of mexico and got the ball back. That’s reality.

Little 8? Last I checked there were 12 teams in the BIG and Michigan consistantly places in the middle of the pack in most sports.

America’s Team? What IS the color on Pluto and are you sniffing the gasses there in?

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