Wisconsin basketball plays against Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 11. The game starts at noon CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin-Michigan basketball score: Recap
Michigan 83, Wisconsin 72 (Final): Wisconsin cut a 25-point deficit all the way down to 7 points in the second half. But the Badgers’ comeback bid fell short, marking their ninth Big Ten loss in the last 11 games. Ethan Happ produced another excellent game with 29 points. Brevin Pritzl added 13 points and Brad Davison 10 points. Wisconsin is now 11-16 overall and 4-10 in league play, with regular season games remaining against Purdue, Minnesota, Northwestern and Michigan State.
Michigan 71, Wisconsin 60 (3:09, 2nd): Wisconsin continues to hang tough but can’t seem to string together enough defensive stops. Ethan Happ has 28 points to lead all scorers. Khalil Iverson has quietly put together a solid game with 2 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Wisconsin still hasn’t managed to cut the deficit into single digits, and time is running out.
Michigan 62, Wisconsin 51 (7:42, 2nd): Ethan Happ has scored 7 of Wisconsin’s last 11 points. Happ now has 24 points for the game, and Brevin Pritzl has 8. The Badgers have made 7 consecutive field goal attempts and are threatening to cut the deficit down to single digits. This has been a solid stretch for Wisconsin. The problem is that the team has rarely been able to put together a full 40 minutes.
Michigan 58, Wisconsin 45 (9:21, 2nd): Wisconsin has put together a quick 10-0 run to bring the Kohl Center crowd to its feet and force Michigan coach Jon Beilein to call a timeout. Ethan Happ is leading the charge and has a game-high 22 points for the Badgers. Still a long way to go, but at least Wisconsin is showing some life.
Michigan 58, Wisconsin 37 (11:25, 2nd): Moritz Wagner is largely having his way today for Michigan. He has scored a game-high 18 points to go with 9 rebounds. Ethan Happ has 17 points for Wisconsin.
Michigan 51, Wisconsin 28 (15:54, 2nd): Ethan Happ continues to carry Wisconsin this season. He leads the team with 15 points against Michigan and is 7 of 15 from the field. Michigan’s Duncan Robinson (16 points) and Moritz Wagner (13 points) have been the standouts for the Wolverines. Those two have combined to score more points than Wisconsin’s entire team.
Michigan 44, Wisconsin 22 (Halftime): Wisconsin’s poor start certainly didn’t help matters, and the Badgers continued to under-perform the rest of the half. Ethan Happ has 11 points, and Brevin Pritzl has 6 points. Michigan shot 65.4 percent from the field (17 of 26) and made 8 3-pointers. Wisconsin is basically playing for pride in the second half.
Michigan 37, Wisconsin 22 (3:59, 1st): Ethan Happ is up to 11 points, while Brevin Pritzl has buried a pair of 3-pointers. Pritzl now has made his last 5 3-point attempts over the past two games. But Michigan is still hot from the field, having buried 14 of 19 shots.
Michigan 33, Wisconsin 15 (6:50, 1st): Michigan has connected on 7 of 9 3-point attempts and is shooting 75 percent overall from the field (75 percent). No Wisconsin team in history could beat an opponent shooting that well. This game is beginning to spiral out of control.
Michigan 17, Wisconsin 6 (11:44, 1st): Badgers forward Ethan Happ scores on two different moves inside to create at least a small spark inside the Kohl Center. But Michigan has connected on 7 of its first 10 field goal attempts, and six difference Wolverines players have scored. This is the second time in as many home games that Wisconsin has started poorly. Northwestern shot out to an 18-1 lead against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Feb. 1.
Michigan 9, Wisconsin 2 (15:43, 1st): Michigan opened the game by scoring the first 7 points. Not a good start to the game for Wisconsin, which has committed 3 turnovers in the first 4 minutes. Badgers guard Brad Davison bailed out the team with a contested jumper late in the shot clock for their only points. It could be a long afternoon for Wisconsin against a very talented Michigan team.
11:30 a.m.: This is one of the biggest days for Wisconsin’s recruiting efforts all season. Among the high school recruits in attendance are both of the Badgers’ 2018 commits: forward Taylor Currie (Clarkston, Mich.) and center Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn.). Guard Marlon Ruffin, a 2018 prospect from Sun Prairie, Wis., is here as well. Ruffin could be a potential walk-on candidate. His Sun Prairie teammate Jalen Johnson, a forward in the 2020 class who ranks as the No. 8 player in the country, is at the game. So is one of Wisconsin’s top prospects in the 2019 class, forward Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins, Minn.). Johnson and Nnaji both have Badgers scholarship offers.
Wisconsin-Michigan basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Michigan play at noon CT on Sunday, Feb. 11.
Time: Noon CT
Date: Sunday, Feb. 11
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Michigan basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Michigan will play on CBS.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Michigan basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Michigan game is available online at WIBA/iHeart Radio.
Wisconsin-Michigan basketball preview
Wisconsin is coming off a 78-69 road victory against Illinois on Thursday night that snapped a string of five consecutive losses by the Badgers. Wisconsin’s only two victories since Jan. 2 have come against the Illini.
Illinois guard Trent Frazier buried a 3-pointer to tie the score at 52-52. But Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ connected on a jumper to give Wisconsin a 54-52 lead with 10:51 remaining in the second half, which sparked an 8-0 Badgers run to help seal the game.
Happ was tremendous in scoring a team-high 27 points to go with 8 assists and 6 rebounds. He made 12 of 20 field goals. He also received help from guard Brevin Pritzl (15 points) and guard Brad Davison (14 points). Pritzl snapped out of a major funk after he had missed all 13 of his field goal attempts over the previous two games, including 10 3-pointers. Against Illinois, he made all 3 of his 3-point tries.
The Big Ten Tournament began in 1998, which coincided with the last time Wisconsin missed the NCAA Tournament. That Badgers team entered the conference tournament as a No. 10 seed. Over the next 19 seasons, Wisconsin was never seeded worse than No. 6.
But as Wisconsin heads for the home stretch and its final five conference games, the Badgers find themselves in 10th place in league play. Minnesota (3-10), Iowa (3-10), Illinois (2-10) and Rutgers (2-11) are behind Wisconsin. The four worst teams, seeded from 11-14, play on the first day of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 28.
Wisconsin has a difficult closing run that includes games against three of the top four teams in the Big Ten: Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State. Wisconsin also plays Minnesota and Northwestern.
Michigan is 19-7 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off a 61-52 loss at Northwestern.
Michigan has three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Moritz Wagner’s 14.4 points per game. Charles Matthews (14.0 points) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (11.3 points) also are in double figures.
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