Michigan’s loss at Wisconsin was everything advertised — the good, the bad and the ugly. It was a matchup between two teams that aren’t particularly good with a heaping serving of melodrama.
If you wanted controversial block/charge calls, you could choose from a half dozen. Maybe you prefer WWE-style antics, Hunter Dickinson delivered plenty. Your bet paid off if you stayed up late to see a Juwan Howard technical foul (with 10 minutes left in the second half when his team hadn’t attempted a free throw). Maybe you wanted to see a unique replay review, an extended trip to the monitor yielded the Badgers a basket despite coming seconds after a Will Tschetter off-ball foul.
If you wanted aesthetically pleasing basketball or made field goals. Well, you probably should have tuned in somewhere else in the first place.
Wisconsin made 2 of its final 18 shots and didn’t make a single basket in the final 10:45 of the game. Michigan made 2 of its final 11 shots and missed four of its final five free throws. The Badgers made 14-of-18 attempts at the stripe and won the game as both teams failed to top a point per possession.
It was a familiar script for a Michigan team that is good enough to be competitive in important games but hasn’t built the habits necessary to win them.