Wolverines Shock Badgers

Fans mobbed the court after the game to celebrate with the team! The reason: Michigan's thrilling come from behind 66 to 65 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener at Crisler Arena Wednesday night. It was the 8th win in a row for the now 8-6 Wolverines.

Michigan trailed throughout most of the first half, but hung in there and were close at the break, down just 34-31. LaVall Blanchard was ice-cold, going 2 for 9, and Michigan committed 11 turnovers, but Wisconsin lacked the inside presence to put Michigan away.

Then in the second half the wheels really fell off for the Wolverines. Blanchard got even colder, missing his first four shots. Gradually Michigan slid further and further behind, trailing 52-42 with 10:45 minutes to go, and 59-44 with 6:45 left.

Then, suddenly, the Wolverine got hot. Blanchard made three straight 3-pointers, and freshman guard Daniel Horton added a fourth, and the lead was cut to 63-56 with 3:12 to go. Horton and Blanchard each added another 'three', and with 1:27 to go it was a 65-64 game. Wisconsin missed a shot with 19 seconds left and called a timeout. Daniel Horton drove the ball and hit a jumper with 10 seconds left to give Michigan the lead 66-65, it's first lead since the 12 minute mark of the first half.

Wisconsin guard Devin Harris tried to drive the ball in on Horton, but the Wolverine freshman blocked his shot to end the game -- with Michigan, shockingly, on top 66-65.

And the fans and the team celebrated!

Horton, the most consistant Michigan player in the game, led the Wolverines with 25 points and seven assists. Blanchard added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Junior forward Bernard Robinson added 11 points and seven boards.

Wisconsin is now 10-3, and 0-1 in the Big Ten.

Michigan's next game is Saturday afternoon in Crisler arena against Penn State, 5-7 and 0-1 after losing its Big Ten opener 78-65 at home to Indiana tonight. Recruits will be in attendance at Saturday's game!


(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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