By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports activities Author
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michigan coach Juwan Howard appeared to throw a punch after arguing with Wisconsin coach Greg Gard through the postgame handshake line following the Badgers’ 77-63 victory on Sunday.
It was unclear what upset Howard, however Wisconsin was up 15 when it took a timeout with 15 seconds left.
After the sport, Howard pointed a finger at Gard. In a while, Howard appeared to take a swing towards Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft, and gamers from both sides obtained concerned within the skirmish.
Johnny Davis scored 25 factors for No. 15 Wisconsin (21-5, 12-4), which is battling No. 5 Purdue and No. 12 Illinois for the Large Ten title.
Wisconsin outscored Michigan 44-25 over the past 18 1/2 minutes. Steven Crowl’s 3-pointer with 16:06 remaining put the Badgers forward for good and highlighted a 14-1 spurt.
Davis took over from there.
The nationwide participant of the yr candidate went on a private 9-0 run and blocked a shot in a span of two minutes, 12 seconds to provide the Badgers a 56-41 lead. That stretch included a spectacular drive into the lane during which Davis scored along with his left hand and drew contact to arrange a three-point play.
Michigan (14-11, 8-7) scored 5 straight factors to get the margin right down to 10, however Davis answered with a jumper and teammate Brad Davison adopted with a 3-pointer.
Hunter Dickinson scored 21 factors for Michigan, which shot simply 4 of 25 from 3-point vary. Eli Brook had 14 and DeVante’ Jones added 11.
Crowl scored 11 factors for Wisconsin. Davison, Chucky Hepburn and Tyler Wahl added 10 every.
Wisconsin raised former Badgers star Michael Finley’s No. 24 jersey to the rafters throughout a halftime ceremony. Wisconsin’s pep band wore white No. 24 T-shirts all through the sport.
Finley joins Ab Nicholas (No. 8) and Frank Kaminsky (No. 44) as the one Wisconsin gamers to have their jerseys within the rafters. These three numbers are nonetheless capable of be worn by present and future Badgers.
“It wasn’t one thing that I got here to the college as a objective,” Finley mentioned earlier than the sport. “My essential focus was to win as many basketball video games as I may, put the Wisconsin basketball program on the map, and no matter occurred after that, occurred.”
Finley, the primary Badger to attain 2,000 profession factors, performed for Wisconsin from 1991-95 and led the 1994 staff to this system’s first NCAA Event look in 47 years. He performed within the NBA from 1995-2010, received a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 and earned two All-Star choices.
Michigan: The Wolverines squandered a chance to spice up their NCAA Event credentials and heard the Wisconsin crowd chanting “NIT” within the last seconds. However the larger concern for now could be the instant way forward for Howard and what self-discipline he may very well be dealing with.
Wisconsin: Davis is the man who may carry the Badgers on a deep postseason run, however the performances of Crowl and Hepburn additionally provide trigger for encouragement. Davis, Davison and Wahl had been scoring 65.2% of Wisconsin’s factors heading into Sunday, together with 67.2% in Large Ten competitors. The Badgers will want another person to supply some offense as nicely.
By following up a victory at Indiana with this dwelling overcome Michigan, Wisconsin ought to transfer up a number of spots Monday because it tries to get again into the highest 10.
Michigan: Hosts Rutgers on Wednesday.
Wisconsin: At Minnesota on Wednesday.
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