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Madison, wisc. – He took 18 games and more than two months.
But No. 2 Michigan basketball finally lost
In a sloppy and sloppy game, the Wolverines took a 64-54 loss in Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
Michigan (17-1, 6-1 Big Ten) did not get much from their top two scorers, and the Wolverines made matters worse by turning the ball over 16 times.
Three main points of the game:
Michigan went down six minutes with just over three minutes left.
And then, the Wolverines generated four additional opportunities: a steal by Zavier Simpson, the offensive rebound by Simpson and then two more offensive rebounds that led to a triple by Jon Teske.
That gave Michigan some life, and it reduced Wisconsin's lead to just one possession.
But the Wolverines could not take advantage.
Teske and Isaiah Livers hit a pair of triples, but there were two empty possessions in the middle. And then nothing later. That is not enough at the time of the crisis.
The offensive fight.
Wisconsin spent more than four minutes without scoring in the second half.
But Michigan could not take advantage, wasting possessions and turnovers.
That's why a three-point play by the Badgers (the basket that broke the drought) tied the game. The Wolverines had many opportunities to extend their advantage, but the offense was simply not there, it was not executed.
It was symptomatic throughout the game. Apart from Jordan Poole and Teske, Michigan did not get any production from the rotation.
The two top scorers, Ignas Brazdeikis and Charles Matthews, could not get going throughout the game. The two combined for 0 points on 0-of-6 shots in the first half, and finished the game with as many turnovers as points: five.
The turnovers are expensive
Both teams entered the game playing slow tempos. As Michigan has shown, that can be a winning formula as long as the offense is executed and the ball is not turned.
That was not the case on Saturday.
The Wolverines entered the third game in the country in turnovers per game, with an average of only 9.5. They finished with 16, tied for a worse season.
The Wolverines were careless with the ball at crucial moments. When Wisconsin retired in the second half, Michigan had three turnovers in four possessions. The Wolverines threw the ball in transition and in half court sets.
The turnovers only aggravated the offensive struggles in general.
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