Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) scored 23, and classmate Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) chipped in 20 points as the University of Michigan men's basketball team upset Wisconsin (No. 3 AP, No. 3 ESPN/USA Today), 77-70, Saturday night (Jan. 18) for U-M's first win at Kohl Center since 1999. The win keeps Michigan atop the standings in the Big Ten at 5-0 and is the first for the U-M program over a top-three team in a true road game ever.
LeVert also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals in a game where he shot 7-of-15 and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) added 14 points for the Maize and Blue on 6-of-8 shooting, including scoring 12 before halftime.
The first half was a game of runs, as Michigan had two different double-digit leads but led by only five at halftime. A Robinson jumper capped off a 12-4 run that gave U-M an early 19-10 lead. Then Wisconsin went on a 10-4 run, cutting U-M's lead to 32-28 with 7:28 left in the half.
The Wolverines scored seven straight points to go up 43-33 with 2:43 left before the half, with LeVert scoring five and Robinson converting a transition layup. The Badgers then scored the last five points before halftime to put the score at 43-38 going into the break.
After trading baskets to open up the second half, Michigan scored on three straight possessions to go up 51-40. Minutes later, Stauskas hit a three, and Robinson connected on a jumper to make the lead 59-44, the largest of the night, with 11:45 left in the game. The Badgers came within three points of the lead after a 10-0 run cut the deficit to 66-63 and forced U-M to call timeout with 4:04 left.
Stauskas hit a jumper out of the timeout to increase the lead to five points, but the Badgers countered with two straight layups to cut the deficit to 68-67. Graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was fouled while trying for an offensive rebound, giving the Wolverines a fresh 35-second shot clock up a point with 1:14 remaining. They took advantage as Stauskas hit a step-back three with 48.1 seconds left to go up 71-67, shattering Wisconsin's chance of a comeback.
The Badgers had four double-digit scorers, as Josh Gasser scored 16, Frank Kaminsky and Ben Brust had 14 apiece, and Sam Dekker posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, they went 26-of-60 (43 percent) from the floor and 7-of-18 (39 percent) from long distance, while Michigan shot 29-of-53 (55 percent), including 7-of-13 (54 percent) on three-pointers.
The Wolverines blocked seven shots in the game compared to only two by Wisconsin. Morgan had three swats, while Stauskas and junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) had two rejections each. Morgan had a team-high eight rebounds, and Horford grabbed seven boards, as U-M also won the rebounding battle, 32-30.