Michigan shocks No. 3 Wisconsin, 77-70
MADISON -- It's over. At long last, the Michigan Wolverines' 11-game losing streak at theKohl Center finally came to an end with a 77-70 upset of the No. 3 Badgers Saturday afternoon.
Michigan had lost 10 of its last 12 to Wisconsin overall but hadn't won in Madison since 1999 - the building's first year of operation - but Michigan coach John Belein brushed off the significance.
"How many teams will come into Wisconsin and win?" Belein said. "Hopefully, we're able to play well the rest of the season. We have 13 more games so we have to do a lot more work on the road. It's significant and it could be very significant at the end of the year.
"But if it's something we don't have to talk about anymore, that's a good thing."
There had been plenty of talk about the last meeting in the series, when Wisconsin guard Ben Brust's desperation heave from half court forced overtime before Wisconsin won, 65-62, against then-No. 3 Michigan.
"Last year, we thought we had that win," Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas said. "It feels good to come back here and get this one."
There was no meltdown but the Wolverines (13-4, 5-0) still had to withstand one last charge by the Badgers (16-2, 3-2), who were within a point in the final minutes.
"I thought that's where we were headed but it didn't get to that point," Badgers coach Bo Ryansaid. "Anytime you can make a move like that and cut it to one there are a lot more possessions coming and unfortunately, they hit a couple big shots."
Hitting big shots was the story of the day for Michigan, which came into the game leading the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (48.X percent) and shot the lights out against Wisconsin, connecting at a 54.7 percent clip and making seven of 13 from beyond the arc.
The Wolverines have shot 50 percent or better in each of their last four games.
"You have to shoot like we did tonight in order to win here," Belein said.
Guard Nik Stauskas was one of the few Wolverines to struggle with his shot (7-of-17) but finished with 19 points and sank a crucial 3-pointer with 48 seconds left in the game after Wisconsin had rallied to get within a point.
Wisconsin trailed by as many as 15 in the second half before making a late run that saw theBadgers cut the deficit to three on forward Frank Kaminsky's 3-pointer with 3:50 to play -- forcing a Wolverines timeout.
Stauskas missed from the right wing but Badgers guard Josh Gasser was whistled for a foul on the rebound and with another chance, Stauskas found himself open for a long 3-pointer, which he drained to give Michigan a 71-67 lead.
"I was just trying to be aggressive and get to the rum. He over played me a little bit and I was able to slide back, get open and shoot it," Stauskas said.
Michigan made six of seven free throws down the stretch to close it out.
"For us to beat Wisconsin ... it really feels good for our staff and for our team," Belien said. "We feel good because of who we just beat.
Guard Chris LeVert led the Wolverines (13-4, 5-0) with 20 points and forward Glenn Robinson IIIadded 14.
Gasser's 17 points led the Badgers, who also got 14 each from Brust and Kaminsky as well as 10 from guard Sam Dekker.
Wisconsin has dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. The Badgers' last consecutive regular-season losses came last year when they fell to Purdue on March 3 and atMichigan State on March 7.
The Purdue game also marked the last time Wisconsin lost at home.
"We have to see what we're made of," said Gasser. "We have to bounce back. Two losses won't kill us but we have to get better."
NOTES: The Badgers have scored at least 70 points in their last eight games. ... Michiganextended its winning streak to six games and is 5-0 in league play for the first time since opening 6-0 in the 2002-03 season ... Wisconsin began the day leading the nation with just 8.2 turnovers per game while Michigan was fifth with 9.2.