The Michigan Wolverines (17-9, 7-6) shocked the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (21-5, 10-3) beating them 64-58 on Thursday night in Ann Arbor, MI.
Moritz Wagner had one of the best games of his career, putting up 21 points and 3 rebounds. Zak Irvin and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman put up 18 points and 12 points, respectively. The two also combined for nine rebounds.
The first half saw six ties and six lead changes with no team opening up a lead bigger than six points. The Badgers got more of their points in the paint while Michigan got more from beyond the three-point line, which ultimately proved to be Wisconsin’s downfall. Surprisingly, Derrick Walton Jr. and Nigel Hayes combined for just five points in the first half, which the Badgers came out of leading 31-30.
The Badgers started the second half with a 7-0 run, but the Wolverines gained momentum on a 7-0 run and a 4-0 run late in the game. They then outshot Wisconsin on free throws to seal the deal, as well as their biggest win of the season. The win was their first against a Top-25 opponent since beating SMU back on Nov. 18 at Madison Square Garden.
The Wolverines will look to keep their momentum going this Sunday, February 19, when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road at 7 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network.