The No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers (15-3, 4-1) held off a second-half push by the Michigan Wolverines (12-7, 2-4) to win in Madison 68-64 on Tuesday night.
Zak Irvin led the maize and blue with 20 points. He and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team with six rebounds.
The Wolverines started the game off surprisingly strong and made a lot of key plays to make it a competitive game. That coupled with several missed scoring opportunities by the Badgers made for an interesting first half.
The second half saw Michigan take the lead several times. The first time came with 16:02 left in the game after Moritz Wagner made a layup. The second time came with 7:17 left when Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made a three-point shot.
After tying the game twice, the Badgers finally took the lead back on a Bronson Koening three-point shot with 4:33 left in the game. The Wolverines never got the lead back nor could they tie the game.
With the loss the Wolverines continue to struggle on the road as they have not won a true road game this season. They also fail to get a win that could have turned their season around.
Michigan’s next game will be a rematch with the Illinois Fighting Illini at home on Saturday, January 21.