ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – Tim Hardaway had a team high 17 points as the Wolverines beat the Wisconsin Badgers 59-41 on Sunday.
As heard on WWJ 950 – No. 16 Michigan Wolverines (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) make it 11 straight wins at home after defeating the No. 18 Wisconsin in Crisler Arena.
Hardaway had his second career double – double – scoring 17 with 10 rebounds. Trey Burke had 14 points for the Wolverines and the job of guarding Wisconsin’s Jordon Taylor – the Badgers guard was held to 12 points and no rebounds.
“It’s not unusual for a young man to look forward to a match-up … there’s not hope in his voice – he did an outstanding job on Taylor,” said head coach John Beilein about Trey Burke.
The Wolverines had not beaten the Badgers (12-5, 1-3) since January of 2006 – and the Wolverines wanted to snap the 10 game losing streak.
“To come out and play like that – it’s good,” said Zack Novack who hit for 12 points in the victory.
With both teams content to play at a methodical pace, even minor swings took on added importance. Hardaway began the second half with a 3-pointer after Michigan came up with an offensive rebound. He then added two free throws, and a basket by Jordan Morgan made it 32-19.
Burke was part of two of the game’s biggest highlights. His three-point play – with Taylor back defensively but unable to stop him – gave Michigan a 17-point lead. Later, when Wisconsin turned the ball over, Michigan’s Stu Douglass and Zack Novak both went diving onto the court.
Novak came up with the ball and flipped it over his head to Burke at midcourt, and the 5-foot-11 guard went all the way for an easy layup and a 49-33 lead.
Michigan led 10-2 before the Badgers scored 10 straight points to take the lead on Taylor’s layup. The half was tightly contested throughout, with Wisconsin forcing the Wolverines to put the ball on the floor instead of simply spotting up from 3-point range.
The Badgers did leave Hardaway open for a 3-pointer that gave Michigan a 16-14 lead, and Evan Smotrycz followed with one of his own. Burke made a couple of shots late in the half, and the Wolverines took a six-point lead into halftime.
Taylor finished the half with four points on 2-of-8 shooting.
At halftime, Michigan introduced several former players, including Cazzie Russell and Rudy Tomjanovich, as part of a dedication weekend for the program’s new player development center.
Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser was held to four points. It was Gasser’s banked 3-pointer at the buzzer that won the game for Wisconsin in Ann Arbor last season.
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