Men's basketball: Badgers will be without Koenig on the road against MI


The story of the game was Zak Irvin coming back from the dead for 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The sophomore also grabbed three rebounds, dished out one assist, blocked one shot, and had one steal. The Badgers face the Terps at noon on Sunday in the Kohl Center.

Happ 10-13 2-2 22, Hayes 3-7 0-0 6, Brown 0-5 0-0 0, Trice 2-15 4-4 9, Showalter 2-7 3-3 8, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Illikainen 0-2 0-0 0, Hill 1-4 0-0 3, Iverson 5-7 0-0 10. Michigan, on the other hand, is 6-6 in Big Ten play, and a.500 record in the Big Ten this year won't be enough to make the Dance.

MI overcame an impressive performance by Ethan Happ and took advantage of a Bronson Koenig-less Badgers team to come away with a 64-58 win at Crisler Center. Freshman point guard D'Mitrik Trice will take Koenig's place in the starting lineup.

Purdue hosts Michigan State on Saturday. They're 2.5-point underdogs in tonight's matchup versus MI. But Ethan Happ, to the surprise of most, stepped up for the Badgers. He did contribute eight assists and five rebounds, however. Katelynn Flaherty is scoring 20.2 points a game, and MI leads the nation in 3-point shooting (40.8 percent), with Kysre Gondrezick third in the country at 47.3 percent.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. has scored at least 20 points in five straight games and in six of the last eight, including a season-high 25 in games against Ohio State on February 4 and in on Sunday.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 12 points, including a four-point play with just under 8 minutes left in the game that gave MI the 11th and final lead change in a game with eight ties.

He wiped out a 21-15 deficit with the first burst and gave UW a 31-27 lead late in the half with the second. Fouled Out_Happ. Rebounds_Wisconsin 34 (Showalter 8), MI 25 (Walton, Irvin 5).

The Wolverines double-teamed Happ frequently in the second half, and after his miss out of one such trap, he picked up his fourth personal foul with just over four minutes to play.

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After Mark Donnal blocked Happ's shot inside, Walton Jr. got free for a three-pointer to push the lead to 54-47 and UW to the brink.

Jordan Hill hit a three-pointer to pull UW within 54-50 but Happ lost Wagner inside for an easy basket and MI led, 56-50.

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