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Wisconsin men's basketball: Badgers look to start winning streak against MI

12 February 2018

It melted a little bit.”.

But the Badgers couldn't get over the hump because they couldn't get enough stops.

Much of that can be credited to Northwestern's matchup 2-3 zone, which halted the Wolverines to the point that they frequently looked lost offensively while the shot clock wore down. Robinson was 5 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3, in his first start since January 9 against Purdue. Robson made 61 saves on 64 shots in the series. “Youre not going to make them if you dont shoot them.”.

Ethan Happ scored a season-high 29 points to lead Wisconsin, which is now guaranteed its first losing Big Ten season since 1997-98. A 12-0 run that lasted just under five minutes midway through the second half sent an arena dying for something to cheer about into euphoria.

The Badgers closed to within eight points at 71-63 with 2:37 left after a 3-pointer by freshman Aleem Ford, but MI built its lead back up to 11 at 77-66 with 1:00 left.

Wisconsin men's basketball: Badgers look to start winning streak against MI
Wisconsin men's basketball: Badgers look to start winning streak against MI

"The Northwestern 2-3 zone is a completely different animal", said MI coach John Beilein on a teleconference call Saturday afternoon.

The two teams play this afternoon.

“First off, we gave up too many 3s, ” Happ said.

Slowing down Happ should be Michigan's top priority, but that's easier said than done considering he ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring, is tied for 12th in field-goal percentage (54 percent) in the conference and has been held under 10 points just twice this season. Nathan Reuvers scored seven, including a jumper and a 3 that started Wisconsin's second-half run.

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Eight players scored in the first half for MI, led by Robinson's 14 points.

A pair of Robinson 3-pointers sandwiched around a Wagner 3 made it 33-15, forcing a Wisconsin timeout.

Wisconsin: The Badgers trailed at home by at least 19 points at the half for the third time this season.

Happ had his way in the paint down the stretch with an array of baseline drives and post moves.

The first half belonged to MI. “It didnt go in for me.”.

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Trent Frederic scored the Badgers' only goal at 18:47 of the first period, cutting the Gophers' lead to 3-1 on a cross-crease pass from Cameron Hughes.

Wisconsin shot 49 percent for the game (27 of 55) but just 36 percent (9 of 25) in the first half. Wagner and Duncan Robinson scored 10 and 12 points respectively in the first half and missed only two of their combined 11 field goal attempts as MI doubled Wisconsin's first-half score, leading 44-22 at the break.

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Wisconsin men's basketball: Badgers look to start winning streak against MI