Inevitably, Michigan was going to win a game some time to end its five-game losing streak. Doing so against No. 11 Wisconsin, though, was a lot less predictable.
But that’s exactly what the Wolverines did Wednesday night against the Badgers, riding rotation players deep into the second half to a 72-68 win. This doesn’t change redefine a struggling season or make Michigan a tournament team, but it’s a feel-good win for a program that hasn’t felt much of anything the past two months.
Here are five takeaways from the upset victory.
Will Tschetter shines in second half run
Subbing in five minutes into the half, Will Tschetter checked in at a pivotal moment. Michigan nursed a 44-43 lead as Wisconsin threatened to take control, and many of their second half baskets came from layups down low. The Wolverines needed his best on both ends of the court.
So, Tschetter brought it. He scored 11 points across 20 minutes, including a late three that gave Michigan a nine-point lead at 5:45. He dug deep for a couple rebounds, fought through contact on defense and most importantly brought poise to a lineup that really needed it going down the stretch in the second half.
“You know what youre gonna get out of Will,” Tarris Reed said. “So he’s gonna play hard, do his job. Made some mistakes … but he’s gonna go as hard as he can. He made a mistake? — you know, like, ‘OK, Will, he’s gonna probably get it back on defense.”