Saturday, April 13

Michigan basketball no match for Wisconsin; Juwan Howard throws punch

MADISON, Wis. — A frantic possession near the midway point of the second half Sunday afternoon left shooting guard Eli Brooks trapped in the corner. He found reprieve in the form of center Hunter Dickinson along the left sideline, but the leading scorer for Michigan basketball misfired from beyond the arc. 

The Wolverines gathered an offensive rebound and found Brooks alone at the top of the key for another 3-point attempt. After he missed, and after another offensive rebound, the ball was whipped to point guard DeVante’ Jones in the left corner. He launched Michigan’s third 3-pointer of the possession and heard the back rim clang to signal a third consecutive miss.  

A first half in which coach Juwan Howard’s team rode Dickinson for nearly 50% of its points gave way to a love affair with perimeter shooting for a team that rarely succeeds in that aspect. The Wolverines attempted 15 shots from beyond the arc in the second half, making three, and fell behind as Wisconsin star Johnny Davis ripped their defense apart at the other end, pouring in a game-high 25 points. By the time it ended, Michigan had been outscored by 14 in the second half en route to a 77-63 loss.   

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