MADISON, Wisc. -- In a game where NCAA Tournament implications are, more than likely, on the line for the Wolverines, it could not get it done against Wisconsin on Sunday night. Now, U-M will have one more regular season chance to secure a tournament bid.
Try as they might to stay in the game, a second half sputter was too much for Michigan (20-10, 10-7 Big Ten) to overcome as the Badgers (19-10, 11-5) walked away with a 68-57 victory over the Wolverines on Sunday night.
Both teams traded buckets, as well as leads, for most of the night while either time couldn't grasp control. With 13 lead changes in the game, it was the 13th and final lead change that put the Wolverines away. Leading 41-40 midway through the second half, the Badgers seemingly put it all together while the Wolverines couldn't capitlize on two easy layups.
It was all downhill from there.
Led by Nigel Hayes (16 points) and Bronson Koenig (19), the Wolverines couldn't seem to stop the Badgers starting lineup and didn't have any answers. Vitto Brown finished the game shooting 4-6 from the three-point line and really aided the Badgers on Sunday night as U-W finished the game with a 29-17 stretch.
Meanwhile, on the opposite bench, it was rough shooting all around.
U-M guard Derrick Walton, adding ten points, finished shooting 3-13 from the field. The steadiness of Mohammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman disappated as he finished the game with a poor 1-5 shooting performance.
Overall, the Wolverines finished the night shooting 48% from the field.
After the loss, U-M sits in the eighth spot in the conference and hosts Iowa at home for Senior Day next weekend.