Badgers smother Michigan

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Wisconsin was on the verge of wasting a tremendous first half, so with Michigan rallying and the crowd roaring, the Badgers calmly went inside to Frank Kaminsky.

"I wanted the ball in my hands," the 7-footer said. "I was able to make some things happen."

Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 21 Wisconsin smothered No. 15 Michigan in the first half before holding on for a 75-62 victory Sunday. The Wolverines cut an 18-point deficit to three in the second half, but Kaminsky personally went on a 7-2 run after that, helping Wisconsin regain control.

"We were talking about touching the post, yes," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said. "They were playing him tough. Once he got it 12 feet away, 12 to maybe 15, that's when he made his moves, and actually used his body as well as I've ever seen him on a consistent basis."

The Badgers (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) committed only two turnovers en route to their fourth straight win.

Caris LeVert scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half for Michigan. Sam Dekker finished with 15 points for Wisconsin.

The Badgers led 34-19 at halftime after holding Michigan (18-7, 10-3) without an assist in the first half.

"They're a difficult matchup for anybody they play," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Once we get down like we got down, it's tough to come back because of their ball-control offense. They make timely shots, they've got a great plan -- and really played a high-IQ game today."

Michigan remained tied for first in the Big Ten with rival Michigan State -- the Spartans lost at home to Nebraska later Sunday. Michigan now has a week off before hosting Michigan State next Sunday.

The Wolverines won at Wisconsin last month, but they looked out of sorts from the start in the rematch. The Badgers opened the game with a 12-2 run, and Michigan's normally fluid offense was totally out of rhythm. Wisconsin forced seven turnovers in the first half and hardly allowed an open shot.

"We tried to work harder and be better at some of the things we do," Ryan said. "Defensively, that's a very solid effort by our guys -- against a team that can score."

It was 34-16 near the end of the half, and as the game progressed, the Wolverines seemed to become increasingly reliant on long jumpers from just inside the 3-point line.

"Defensively we were pretty bad today, especially in the first half," Michigan's Nik Stauskas said. "We dug ourselves into a big hole we really couldn't get out of."

LeVert's two free throws capped a 9-0 run that made it 52-49. Then Kaminsky went back to work. He scored inside, drove for a layup and then added a three-point play that made it 59-51 with 3:48 remaining.

"It was a fun environment," Wisconsin's Josh Gasser said. "Frank made a bucket there, and that got us back where we needed."

Kaminsky later stepped outside and made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 13 at 65-52. He finished 11 of 16 from the field against a Michigan front line that is without Mitch McGary, who is recovering from a back injury.

Wisconsin hit a rough patch after a 16-0 start, but now the Badgers again look like one of the Big Ten's best teams. This was the second time this season they've committed only two turnovers in a game.

"To come out like that and build ourselves a lead and maintain it throughout the whole game, against a team that really beat us up at home, is a great thing," Kaminsky said.

Wisconsin has now won five of its last six in Ann Arbor.

Gasser had 13 points for Wisconsin. Stauskas scored 11 for Michigan and Glenn Robinson III added 10.

Wisconsin is now 9-2 away from home this season, and this may have been the most impressive road win for the Badgers.

No. 4 WICHITA STATE 84, EVANSVILLE 68

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals to lead No. 4 Wichita State to an 84-68 victory over Evansville on Sunday.

The Shockers (27-0, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference) remained one of two unbeaten teams in major college basketball and extended their school-record winning streak. They are the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0, a list that top-ranked Syracuse could join later this week.

D.J. Balentine and Egidiju Mockevicius each scored 19 points, not quite enough to prevent Evansville (11-16, 4-10) from losing for the fourth time in five games.

Evansville spent most of the second half trying to dig out of a double-digit deficit and got as close as 65-60 with about 6 minutes to play. Wichita State sealed it with a late 13-4 spurt.

No. 18 CREIGHTON 101, No. 6 VILLANOVA 80

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart during Creighton's victory over Villanova.

Creighton's second lopsided win over Villanova in a month moved the Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) into first place in the Big East, a half-game ahead of the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2).

The Bluejays beat the same ranked opponent twice in one season for the first time in program history. They also won their 16th straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.

McDermott, a two-time first-team All-America and leading candidate for national player of the year, went over 30 points for the ninth time this season and the 23rd time in his career. He has 2,863 career points.

Isaiah Zierden scored 13 and Devin Brooks added 12 for the Bluejays, who shot a season-best 64.2 percent. Their previous high was 56.9 percent in a 96-68 win at Villanova on Jan. 20.

James Bell had 18 points for the Wildcats before fouling out with 6:11 left.

NEBRASKA 60, No. 9 MICHIGAN STATE 51

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 as Nebraska topped Michigan State.

Petteway had 16 points in the last 20 minutes after Pitchford scored 12 before the break for the Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten).

Gary Harris had 18 points and Adreian Payne 11 for the Spartans (21-5, 10-3), who remain in a first-place tie with Michigan. Harris was 5 for 15 from the field. Michigan State shot 34 percent, including 20.8 percent on 3-pointers.

The Cornhuskers led 32-25 at halftime and held off a second-half surge with a 9-2 closing run.

No. 13 LOUISVILLE 102, RUTGERS 54

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 points, including six 3-pointers, and Louisville throttled Rutgers.

The Cardinals (21-4, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) made a season-high 16 shots from beyond the arc on 30 attempts for their fourth straight win, completing a season sweep of the Scarlet Knights (10-16, 4-9). Louisville shot 56 percent overall in posting its biggest win this season.

Freshman guard Terry Rozier added a career-high 16 points, hitting four 3s, and Wayne Blackshear scored 10 with a couple of 3-pointers in Louisville's last scheduled conference game against Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights shot just 35 percent in falling to 1-13 against Louisville. Rutgers is headed to the Big Ten next season while Louisville goes to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

TEMPLE 71, No. 23 SMU 64

PHILADELPHIA -- Dalton Pepper scored 24 points to help Temple beat SMU.

Playing without injured starter and leading rebounder Anthony Lee, Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) knocked off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since March 10 last year against No. 21 VCU. The Owls were 0-5 against ranked teams this season, but have now beaten at least one in each of the last seven years.

The Mustangs (20-6, 9-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped at the end of an eventful week for coach Larry Brown's team.

It started with SMU entering the AP rankings for the first time in 29 years. The Mustangs had their game at Rutgers pushed back from Thursday to Friday because of a winter storm. Then they made the short trip from Piscataway, N.J., to Philadelphia, and lost on the road for the sixth time this season.

BIG 10 COLLEGES

MINNESOTA 54, NORTHWESTERN 48

EVANSTON, Ill. -- DeAndre Mathieu scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Minnesota came back to defeat cold-shooting Northwestern 54-48 on Sunday.

Maurice Walker and Andre Hollins each had eight points for the Gophers (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten), who avenged a 55-54 loss to Northwestern at Minneapolis on Feb. 1.

Northwestern (12-14, 5-8) got the tight defensive game it wanted and led 28-25 at the half, but went just 7 for 28 from the floor in the second and missed nine straight field goal attempts until Tre Demps dumped in a layup with 10 seconds left.

Northwestern's JerShon Cobb scored on 5 of 7 3-point attempts and led Northwestern with a season-high 23 points. Alex Olah added 10.

Northwestern leading scorer, Drew Crawford, had 11 rebounds but was held to just two points on 1-for-15 shooting. He didn't connect until his ninth shot at 4:54 into the second half.

OHIO COLLEGES

WRIGHT STATE 72, OAKLAND 71

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- AJ Pacher sank the game-winning layup just ahead of the buzzer Sunday as Wright State rallied late in the second half to defeat Oakland 72-71.

Trailing by 10 with barely 2 minutes to play, Wright State (15-13, 7-6 Horizon League) scored 13 of the next 15 points to take its first lead of the second half on a pair Cole Darling free throws that made it 70-69 with 21 seconds to go. Duke Mondy briefly put Oakland (10-18, 5-8) back on top with a pair of free throws, before Pacher drove inside at the other end for the winning layup.

Darling finished with 21 points, while Pacher scored 15 and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Raiders, who shot 50 percent from the field.

Oakland was led by Mondy's 20 points and seven rebounds. Ralph Hill had 15 points and Kahlil Felder 14 in the loss.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.