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Badgers' woes continue as Michigan rolls to win

  • Published Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at 12:05 a.m.

As far as Jordan Taylor can tell, there's only one way for No. 18 Wisconsin to snap out of this puzzling slump.

"I'm going to keep feeding my guys when they are open, because we've got to step up and start hitting shots," Taylor said. "These are shots that we made all of last season, and we just have to forget what has happened so far and keep working hard. I don't care if it is our second-best player or No. 17. My job is to get the ball to our shooters, and I'm going to keep trusting them."

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and freshman Trey Burke outplayed Taylor for most of the game Sunday, leading No. 16 Michigan to an impressive 59-41 victory over the Badgers at Ann Arbor, Mich.

It was Wisconsin's third consecutive loss — only the fifth three-game losing streak for the Badgers in 11 seasons under coach Bo Ryan.

Burke scored 14 points for the Wolverines (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who snapped a 10-game losing streak against Wisconsin. Taylor, Wisconsin's star point guard, was held to 12 points, a majority of which came after Michigan had taken control of the game.

"I try not to really buy into the whole one-on-one challenge, but I knew Jordan Taylor's a great player," Burke said. "I just tried my hardest just to contain him as much as possible."

Michigan bounced back from a two-point loss at No. 12 Indiana on Thursday night. The Wolverines began the game on a 10-2 run and led 25-19 at halftime. A three-point play by Burke in transition made it 43-26.

"He's playing pretty well, and he's got a lot of confidence," Ryan said. "We know he is a player from seeing him on film, but he probably got a little more help today than our guy."

Wisconsin (12-5, 1-3) was holding opponents to 47 points a game coming in, but it was Michigan's defense that was the story this time. Taylor was the only Badger to score in double figures.

"It is baffling to me that we could get that many open shots in the paint and open jumpers and end up with the numbers we had," Ryan said. "Our guys are really beating themselves up right now, but they need to grow and learn. Getting burned is a great lesson, but the lights need to go on for some of these guys, especially if they are going to be getting some major minutes."

WISCONSIN (12-5): Evans 3-9 0-2 6, Bruesewitz 2-5 0-0 6, Berggren 1-6 1-1 3, Taylor 5-15 0-0 12, Gasser 2-5 0-0 4, Brust 2-3 0-0 6, Jackson 1-4 0-0 3, Wilson 0-4 1-2 1, Kaminsky 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-51 2- 5 41.

MICHIGAN (13-3): Smotrycz 1-6 0-0 3, Morgan 2-4 0-1 4, Novak 5-10 2-2 12, Burke 6-15 2-3 14, Hardaway Jr. 4-10 7-8 17, Douglass 1-1 2-2 5, Brundidge 0-0 0-0 0, Akunne 0-0 2-2 2, Vogrich 0-1 2-2 2, McLimans 0-1 0-0 0, Person 0-0 0-0 0, Christian 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 17-20 59.

Halftime—Michigan 25-19. 3-Point Goals—Wisconsin 7-20 (Brust 2-3, Bruesewitz 2-4, Taylor 2-7, Jackson 1-2, Berggren 0-1, Gasser 0-1, Wilson 0-2), Michigan 4-15 (Hardaway Jr. 2-3, Douglass 1-1, Smotrycz 1-5, Burke 0-1, McLimans 0-1, Novak 0-4). Fouled Out—Bruesewitz. Rebounds—Wisconsin 29 (Evans 10), Michigan 38 (Morgan 11). Assists—Wisconsin 6 (Bruesewitz 3), Michigan 6 (Burke, Hardaway Jr. 2). Total Fouls—Wisconsin 16, Michigan 9. A—12,721.

No. 12 Indiana 88, Penn St. 82 — Matt Roth and backcourt mate Jordan Hulls combined to hit 12 of No. 12 Indiana's season-high 16 three-pointers to help the Hoosiers snap a 16-game Big Ten road losing streak and hold on for a victory over Penn State at Happy Valley, Pa.

Whether they were spotting up from the top of the key, the wings or the corners, the shots fell at a blistering 66 percent clip (16 of 24).

Hulls had a career-high 28 points while Roth, who was 5 of 6 on threes, finished with 22.

Cheered on by a healthy sprinkling of fans wearing Indiana red, the Hoosiers (15-1, 3-1) won a regular-season road conference game for the first time since a 67-61 win at Penn State on Jan. 21, 2010.

Yet Penn State still hung around despite the hot shooting, and with point guard Tim Frazier (21 points) on the bench the last 1:34 after fouling out while scrambling for a loose ball.

Down eight points with 1:22 to go, the Nittany Lions (9-8, 1-3) forced two straight turnovers to highlight a late run to get within 84-82 with 21 seconds left on two free throws by Matt Glover.

But Roth hit two foul shots and Nick Colella missed a last-gasp three for Penn State.

INDIANA (15-1): Watford 2-10 4-4 10, Zeller 4-5 2-3 10, Hulls 7-11 7-9 28, Oladipo 2-8 1-4 6, Jones III 1-2 3-5 5, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Abell 2-3 0-0 5, Pritchard 1-1 0-0 2, Roth 5-6 7-7 22, Elston 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-47 24-32 88.

PENN ST. (9-8): Graham 3-3 2-4 8, Oliver 3-5 0-0 9, Glover 2-3 4-4 8, Marshall 7-16 4-4 20, Frazier 7-23 6-7 21, Colella 1-3 0-0 3, Borovnjak 1-1 1-2 3, Woodyard 0-1 2-2 2, Travis 3-4 2-2 8. Totals 27-59 21-25 82.

Halftime—Indiana 42-37. 3-Point Goals—Indiana 16-24 (Hulls 7-9, Roth 5-6, Watford 2-3, Abell 1-2, Oladipo 1-4), Penn St. 7-23 (Oliver 3-5, Marshall 2-7, Colella 1-3, Frazier 1-6, Glover 0-1, Woodyard 0-1). Fouled Out—Frazier, Jones III. Rebounds—Indiana 33 (Watford 7), Penn St. 28 (Travis 6). Assists—Indiana 17 (Jones III 6), Penn St. 13 (Frazier 7). Total Fouls—Indiana 23, Penn St. 26. A—8,250.

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