ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It’s no secret that Moritz Wagner plays basketball with a certain level of emotion.
Whether it’s throwing down a two-handed dunk with flare or hitting a three-pointer to ice the game, which Wagner did both in Michigan 64-58 win against No. 11 Wisconsin on Thursday, U-M’s athletic big man mostly let’s his game do most of his talking.
Prime example, against the Badgers he finished with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
However, stats aside, the win for U-M, a team sitting squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, desperately needed, and Wagner help deliver it in a major way.
“We are just so happy,” Wagner said. “This team deserves to have a run like this. It’s such a good group. Everybody loves each other, everybody plays for each other, we practice so hard, and we’ve been going through a stretch where it didn’t always pay off. Now it pays off.
“So it just means so much to us that we are able to have a run like now and win games … against really good teams.”
And it’s paying off big time, with the win against Wisconsin, Michigan (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) has won three straight games, and look like a team geared for a NCAA run.
“For us we just look at it as a new season every game,” Wagner said. “So we haven’t really looked at the next game. We know it’s kind of easy when you know you got win every game. You just got to win every game, it doesn’t matter against who it is.”
Next up, Michigan plays at Minnesota this Sunday at 7 p.m.