Wisconsin sinks two late 3's to break Michigan's heart on the road in overtime, 65-62
It wishes it was 2.3.
Wisconsin's Ben Brust hit a dramatic near-halfcourt buzzer beater to send the game into overtime, and then knocked in another clutch triple late in the extra session, pushing the unranked Badgers to a 65-62 win over No. 3 Michigan.
The Wolverines (21-3, 8-3) had a chance to re-elevate to No. 1 nationally with a win Saturday, but likely won't have that happen now. Wisconsin improves to 17-7, 8-3 in the Big Ten.
Michigan trailed by as many as nine in the first half, but appeared to have the game in hand late in regulation when Tim Hardaway Jr. buried a long 3-pointer with just 2.4 seconds to play, giving the Wolverines a 60-57 lead.
It didn't matter, though, as Brust buried a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from just inside half court to force overtime -- Michigan's second overtime game in as many tries.
In the overtime, both teams traded early baskets before Brust did it again -- nailing a 3-pointer over Caris LeVert with 39.6 to play, breaking the tie and putting the Badgers in front.
On the ensuing possession, Hardaway drove to the basket -- he missed.
Michigan would have one more chance to tie game game after Ryan Evans missed the front end of a 1 and 1, but Burke's 3-pointer just before the horn went in and out -- leading to a court-storming in Madison.
Burke led Michigan with 19 points, while Hardaway finished with 18 points. Mitch McGary added 12 points and 8 rebounds.
-- Michigan started the game 6 of 21 from the floor, and could not make a shot around the basket early. Wisconsin, meanwhile, began the game 8 of 16 from the field and went 4 of 8 from 3 early -- going up by as many as nine.
-- Jordan Morgan did not play Saturday. The junior forward appears to have had at least somewhat of a setback with his ankle injury, which is not good for the Wolverines -- who desperately need more help inside.
-- Should Michigan have fouled up three late in regulation rather than let Brust hit the dramatic game-tying shot? The Wolverines didn't, and Brust made them pay.
-- Michigan finished 28 of 71 from the floor. Have to do better than that on the road. And because of that, Michigan's tilt at Michigan State on Tuesday becomes much more important.
-- Mitch McGary continued to evolve in just about every area of his game. He hit a pull-up jumper in transition, and buried two 15-foot baseline jumpers to show the full compliment of his offensive range. Oh, he also had a thunderous offensive rebound putback, too. Another terrific outing for him.
-- Burke went through a stretch early in the second half when he couldn't miss. The Michigan sophomore point guard did a bit of everything for the Wolverines on Saturday, finishing with 19 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
-- Michigan won the turnover battle against Wisconsin, who almost never loses this category. Michigan won the battle 14-7.
ISSUE OF THE DAY: REVISITED
-- We knew Wisconsin was going to try to slow this game down to a grinding halt, and we said Trey Burke needed to play like an All-American in this one on the road.
Burke did everything he could -- but the Kohl Center apparently has a trance on the Wolverine basketball program.
Brust's two mammoth shots were the difference.
Is Michigan's road date at Michigan State on Tuesday now a must-win, in terms of the Big Ten race?
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