Gophers complete weekend sweep of Badgers

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"You can't figure out how to guard him and how to play him", said MI head coach John Beilein.

Robinson scored 16 points and made all four of his 3s in the first half, Moe Wagner had 20 points and 11 rebounds and No. 20 MI rode a hot-shooting start for an 83-72 win on Sunday.

For a brief stretch in Wisconsin's (4-10 Big Ten, 11-16 overall) 83-72 loss to No. 20 MI (9-5, 20-7), the Kohl Center faithful rose to its feet in excitement.

Eight players scored in the first half for MI, led by Robinson's 14 points. We did not execute down the stretch and melted a little bit.

The Wolverines bucked the trend and hung on to beat Wisconsin, 83-72, Sunday to leave Madison with just their second win since 2000.

The Wolverines started 12 of 16 overall and 7 of 9 from 3-point range. The senior wing was 5-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half, with the only miss being a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"I watched this kid the other day".

Struggling at the line for this season, making 64.4% of their free throws, Wisconsin tried to exploit this weakness with just over three minutes remaining. In order to close out games going forward, MI will need to perform in a similar fashion at the line as they did today.

Happ, who scored half of Wisconsin's first-half points, had seven straight points for the Badgers to cut it to 11 before MI began to pull away with a 13-3 run as the lead swelled to 20.

A quiet Kohl Center crowd reawakened after a 12-0 run drew the Badgers within 58-47 with 8:52 left. Aleem Ford's 3 with 2:37 left to get within eight kept Wisconsin's flickering hopes alive.

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Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman's drive halted a 10-0 Badgers spurt, and MI (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten) immediately answered each of Wisconsin's next four buckets to prevent the momentum from swinging back the Badgers' way. Allowing Michigan to shoot 65 percent in the first half proved to be too problematic.

"We had the ball point blank several times, and we go 5-for-15 in the paint in the first half", Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.

MI adjusted by going to the hoop.

Happ, Wisconsin's leading rebounder who ranks fourth in the Big Ten, had none in the first half. "That opens up a lot of stuff for them".

Brevin Pritzl scored 13 and Brad Davison chipped in 10.

The win gives Minnesota the weekend sweep of the Badgers. Happ leads in rebounds with 8.2 and in assists with 4.0 per game.

Wisconsin: The Badgers trailed at home by at least 19 points at the half for the third time this season. With their guard rotation limited by injuries, Wisconsin doesn't have enough offensive firepower to come back from such big deficits.

Abdur-Rahkman snapped the flurry and a almost four-minute scoring drought with a driving layup at the 8:35 mark to give MI a 13-point lead. "It didn't go in for me".

A pair of Duncan Robinson 3-pointers sandwiched around a Wagner trey made it 33-15 MI, forcing a Wisconsin timeout. "When we get out in transition and get easy baskets, everything is a lot easier for us", Wagner said.

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