Wisconsin 75 - Michigan 62: Badgered

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan gets thoroughly beaten at home by Wisconsin, led by Frank Kaminsky's 25 points and 11 rebounds.

If there is any positive to take from this game, it is that despite going down double digits quickly, Michigan didn't roll over and die.  The Wolverines made it a game, at least for a couple minutes.

Just about everything else was negative for the Wolverines.  Wisconsin came out hot, making six of its first seven shots.  Frank Kaminsky, kept quiet in the matchup earlier this winter, was a force for Wisconsin.  He finished the game with 25 points on 16 shots, while pulling in 11 rebounds.  Michigan continually tried to play with just one man on Kaminsky, and he burned Michigan all game.

On the other side, Michigan had its own superhuman effort, as Caris LeVert slashed his way to 25 points and six rebounds.  He was all of Michigan's offense for long stretches, accounting for 17 of Michigan's 30 points in the 14 minutes stretch out of halftime in which Michigan pulled within three points.

Glenn Robinson III had a couple big shots on offense, but was largely unseen.  It was much the same for Nik Stauskas, who looked lost and unfocused for long stretches.  His disappearance in these games is becoming more worriesome.  Stauskas had 11 points on 11 shots while also accounting for three turnovers and two assists.  Robinson scored 10 points but contributed just three rebounds and no assists, steals or blocks.

This is the second not-really-close loss to a team Michigan beat earlier in the season. With a little under one week until Michigan State comes to town, Michigan needs to right the ship.  A loss against the Spartans all but guarantees Michigan State at least a share of the Big Ten title.

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