Game Day Grades: Michigan

MADISON - Ben Brust was certainly the hero, hitting a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, but the complete team effort given by Wisconsin in its win over No.3 Michigan can't be ignored. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: A

Wisconsin had to avoid shooting slumps in order to beat Michigan. The Badgers went 25-57 (43.9percent) from the floor. Once again the Badgers lived by the three but they were able to get 30 points from distance. Wisconsin went 10-24 (41.7 percent) from three.

The Badgers had four players score in double figures. Ben Brust led the way with 14 points, Jared Berggren had 13, Ryan Evans had 11 and Sam Dekker had 12 off the bench.

Wisconsin struggled to take care of the basketball with 14 turnovers. Traevon Jackson had a team high five turnovers and Dekker had four, as both were careless at times with the basketball. Give credit to Michigan though, as the Wolverines did play good defense and forced the Badgers into making some tough passes.

The Badgers were able to find some success in the paint. Although the Badgers didn't try and go down low that much in the game with Michigan's interior defense, Wisconsin finished with 24 points on low blocks.

Wisconsin also had to be able to find ways to grab offensive rebounds so they could give themselves second chance opportunities. The Badgers were able to pull down seven offensive boards in the game. Wisconsin was able to convert on the offensive end when they were able to get second chances.

Defense: A

Wisconsin was going to have to try and find a way to slow down or contain Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway. Even though they did make Burke and Hardaway work for their shots, Burke had 19 points and Hardaway added 18.

Although Burke and Hardaway got their points, Wisconsin was able to contain everybody else on Michigan from going off, as Michgan's other three starters scored only 11 points on 5-for-17 shooting. Wisconsin held Nik Stauskas (12.4 ppg) and Glen Robinson III (11.6 ppg) to five and four points, respectively. Mitch McGary was the only other Wolverine to score in double figures with 12 points, as the Wolverines went 28-71 (39.4 percent) from the floor.

Wisconsin was only able to force the Wolverines into six turnovers. Even though Wisconsin couldn't force the Wolverines into coughing the basketball up, the amount of tough shots Wisconsin forced Michigan into taking was noticeable.

Wisconsin only committed a total of eight team fouls in the entire game. The Badgers had to be disciplined on the defensive side and try and keep Michigan's talented guards in front of them. With the Badgers fouling so little, the Wolverines were only able to get to the free throw line once in the game. Burke went 1-2 from the charity stripe.

Wisconsin was able to contest every shot and able to come away with five blocked shots in the game. Evans and Frank Kaminsky each had two blocks in the game.

Overall: A

It was a great team effort by the Badgers and Wisconsin made enough plays down the stretch to grind out a huge victory against Michigan. There were two obvious plays of the game. One was Brust's three to send the game into overtime and the other was Berggren's dunk and made free throw to tie the game at 57. Berggren's dunk was impressive but it was a nice find by Jackson with Berggren having an easy path to the basket. It took a while for Berggren to get going in the game but he finished with 13 points on 5-11 shooting and had eight rebounds. He also had one block, which ties him with Mike Wilkinson for third on UW's all time list with 117.

Wisconsin did a great job of limiting the Wolverines into second-chance opportunities. Although the Wolverines grabbed n11 offensive rebounds, Michigan managed only seven second-chance points. Even more impressive was Wisconsin limited Michigan to six fast break points.

Dekker played 26 minutes in the game and played well overall, but was dominant in a six-minute stretch. In the six-minute span, Dekker had seven points and three of his five rebounds.

Michigan was able to jump out to a six-point lead late in the second half but the Badgers were able to climb back by playing tough defense and holding the Wolverines without a field goal for 5:27.

Game MVP: Ben Brust. Brust was the hero. He knocked down two huge shots one to send the game into overtime and the other to put Wisconsin up for good. Brust has scored in double figures the past three games after going seven straight games with out reaching double digits. Brust was feeling it from distance (going 4-7) but he was able to come up big when it mattered in going 3-for-4 in the second half and overtime. Brust played 40 minutes and was able to dish out two assists along with having two steals.

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