Basketball in Michigan is devastating Wisconsin, 77-54, to make a clear statement

Basketball in Michigan is devastating Wisconsin, 77-54, to make a clear statement

If there’s anyone who hasn’t really sold out in Michigan basketball, Tuesday night at the Crisler Center has changed their mind.

Fifth-seeded Wolverines put on one of the most impressive performances in all college basketball this season in an astonishing 77-54 win over No. 9 Wisconsin.

Michigan choked off the Badger attack, ending the first half 14-0 in the 5:27 final to advance 17 points to the end of the first half. And the defeat did not stop there: Wolverines opened the second half with a score of 29-3 to extend their lead to 40.

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Four different players reached double digits, led by Mike Smith, who scored 16 points in 6 of 9 shots with six assists. Franz Wagner added 15 on 7 of 10 shots, while Isaiah Leavers scored 13.

With the victory, Michigan (11-0, 6-0 Big Teen) created more space to breathe at the top of the conference standings.

Mike Smith leads Michigan goalkeeper against Wisconsin striker Mika Potter during the first half at Chrysler Center on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

Defense escalation

Michigan’s defense has improved by leaps and bounds since the start of the season, and Wolverines’ team saved their best as the 10th most efficient in attack.

The veteran Wisconsin side appeared shocked at times when they tried to score against a confident and aggressive defense. The Badgers entered the game with the third-lowest turnover in the country, but made seven turns on their own in the first half, including several turns that turned into a separate throw or Wolverines throw-up.

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