Michigan drops Big Ten Opener to Wisconsin


Wisconsin Michigan BasketballMichigan opened the Big Ten season with a 73-61 loss to Wisconsin. The Badgers did what they do and methodically ground Michigan down. They took a 20-9 lead about 7 minutes into the game and never really looked back. Wisconsin shot 59% from the field and they made their 3 point attempts count as they went 6-14 from deep.

Zack Novak started the game and Jevohn Shepherd was back to coming of the bench. Novak responded by playing one heckuva game. He scored a career high 20 points on 7-11 field goals, including 5-8 on three pointers. Novak also corralled 8 rebounds. DeShawn Sims chipped in 14 points but did not secure his first board until there was 4:53 left in the game.

Manny Harris was frustrated by a fundamentally sound Wisconsin defense and some not so favorable no calls from the officials. He ended up with 9 points on 3-13 shooting to go along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 turnovers.

As a team Michigan shot 39% from the field and was 8-24 on three pointers.

Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes scored 16 points a piece for the Badgers. 

Inside the numbers: Michigan had 12 assists on 24 field goals and only turned the ball over 7 times. Wisconsin turned it over 8 times and out rebounded Michigan 30-26. 

Notes: Michigan will be back in action on Sunday (Jan. 4) when the Wolverines host Illinois at Crisler Arena. Game time is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. 

The road to 21 wins: This was not a game that I had Michigan projected to win. It would have been a good win but it does not derail my projection. With that being said I projected Michigan to win their next 3 games; Illinois, at Indiana, and Iowa. So this will be a critical 3 game stretch coming up.



2 Responses to Michigan drops Big Ten Opener to Wisconsin

  1. Joe says:

    Michigan didn’t look fresh today, and it didn’t help that Wisconsin shot the lights out. I thought Manny was trying to create offense for himself to much and wasn’t involving his teammates like he has been. Their defense had a ton of holes and Wisconsin’s defense didn’t have any. Overall, Michigan did not look good, but we all know they are better than this.

  2. WOLVERINE says:

    I actually thought Manny Harris did a great job of attacking the rim and trying to get to the Foul Line. The problem was that Manny was getting EXTREMELY HOSED by the Ref’s (to say that he got royally screwed would be A MASSIVELY GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT) and I blame Beilein for not working the Ref’s and being in there ear EARLY AND OFTEN, LIKE WISCONSIN’S BO RYAN WAS!!!! That being said, I still think that he could have drived and kicked (to wide-open shooters to help get the lane cleared from the 2 or 3 Wisconsin defenders who were clogging the paint); the same could be said for Kelvin Grady. I was disappointed that he didn’t go to the rack and/or penetrate and kick out like he had been doing so far in the season (I saw very little of that, if any, from him in that game). I WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN Jevohn Shepherd NOT SEEING THE FLOOR, as he could have posed match-up problems as well as being a good on-the-ball defender and being an excellent Rebounder (not to mention that he is one of the best, IF NOT THEE BEST, at taking his man off the dribble and going to the hole)!!!! I like David Merritt and C.J. Lee but I am sorry both of them should not be starting (one of them maybe)!!!! Heck Anthony Wright could have spelled some minute here and there (he is a decent Rebounder and a very underrated passer [see UCLA game where he gave that ‘sick’ back-door pass to DeShawn Sims to win the game against on a Neutral-Site {Madision Square Garden — New York City, New York}]). Where were the back-door cuts??? Where were the adjustments by John Beilein (both during a half and after halftime)???


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