Tuesday night was a spectacular night if you are a hardcore college basketball fan. A top ten match-up between #9 Wisconsin and #7 Michigan opened up the night. A nice Big 12 clash ended the ranked play for the night. Between both games, two teams stood out as the superior team on Tuesday night. Let’s start out with Wisconsin and Michigan.
Michigan’s defense shined bright
This highly-anticipated match-up between two of the Big Ten’s top teams started out as expected. Each squad was scoring the ball and it was a back and forth game for a while. Finally, the tables turned towards the home team. Wisconsin’s Micah Potter picked up his second foul and all momentum went to Michigan. After Potter went to the bench, the rotations were very questionable for the Badgers.
The bleeding did not stop there for Greg Gard and Wisconsin. From about the 5:30 mark of the first half, Michigan ended the half on a 14-0 scoring run. The Wolverines didn’t slow up on the already wounded Badgers. Michigan had a 43-6 run from the end of the first half, all the way through half of the second. The Badgers scored a miserable 6 points in about 15 minutes of game time.
Michigan’s interior defense was the talk of the night, not giving anything easy inside to the Badgers. Every time the Badger guards tried to drive, some Michigan wing was in their face. The Wolverines ended the contest with nine blocked shots.
Michigan has shown their dominance all season long, extending their win streak to 11. Michigan is also a top of the Big Ten standings with a 6-0 record. Badgers fall to 10-3 (4-2) on the season. Michigan plays Minnesota on Saturday afternoon while Wisconsin tries to bounce back on Friday evening at Rutgers.
Cowboys Close Out Jayhawks in Big 12 Clash
The Kansas Jayhawks were coming off of a close call on Saturday at home to a very competitive Oklahoma team. Oklahoma State on the other hand was coming off of a smooth 16 point victory against Kansas State. The big difference for the Cowboys in this Big 12 clash was their defense. They collected nine steals and held Kansas to only 23% from behind the three-point line. Offensively, Oklahoma State shot the ball pretty well.
As a team, the Cowboys shot 45% from the field and 42% from three. The freshman star and potential number one overall pick in the 2021 draft, Cade Cunningham, finished the game with 18 points while shooting at an efficient 50% from the floor. Cunningham also made some amazing plays throughout the game as well.
For Kansas, despite being down double digits at halftime, the Jayhawks closed the gap with a 17-2 run to get the game within two. Kansas ended up coming up just short, losing 75-70.
Kansas loses a tough one in the Big 12, dropping to 10-3 (4-2) on the year. The Jayhawks will battle Iowa St back at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. For Oklahoma St, they move up to 9-3 (3-3) on the season. They will have an instate rivalry game against Oklahoma on Saturday night.
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