Wisconsin Outlasts Michigan 71-60

Michigan hung in all afternoon against Wisconsin but the Badgers hit key shots late in the second half to eliminate the Wolverines from the Big Ten tournament 71-60.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Michigan’s bid to shock the world fell short Friday afternoon as Frank Kaminsky’s 16-point, 12 rebound performance powered Wisconsin to a 71-60 win in the Big Ten tournament.

Zak Irvin took on the challenge of guarding Kaminsky defensively, having success early on as Wisconsin misfired from outside. Irvin led Michigan with a double double, a team high 21-points to go with 11 rebounds.

The Badgers proved to be too much though, knocking down 7-of-19 three-point attempts to pull away from the Wolverines in the final minutes. Sam Dekker scored 17-points to lead Wisconsin, Bronson Koenig adding 12.

Spike Albrecht caught fire in the first half, scoring all 10 of his points over the first 20 minutes. Ricky Doyle chipped in 12-points for the Wolverines.

The game started at a furious pace, actually without a single stoppage in play nearly seven minutes in. Michigan was the aggressor, leading 16-9 with 12:09 to play in the first half.

The Wolverines strategy defensively had the Badgers out of rhythm, sending double teams at Kaminsky, unable to connect on open looks. Michigan opened up its largest lead of the game 22-13 with 8:11 to go in the first half.

Wisconsin controlled things the rest of the first half as Dekker reeled off six straight points. After a Michigan timeout, Koenig knocked down two straight threes to give Wisconsin a 31-26 lead heading into the break.

Irvin tried to lead Michigan back to start the second half, finding Max Bielfeldt for an easy lay-in, then connecting on back-to-back jumpers but Wisconsin clung to a 41-36 lead at the first official television timeout.

Michigan then went on an 8-0 run to force a Wisconsin timeout, actually taking a 44-41 lead thanks to an Aubrey Dawkins put back dunk and a transition lay-up by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman that trickled in.

The Wolverines would hang tough until the final minutes, a Dekker three making it 61-56 Badgers with just over three minutes to play.

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