5:51 p.m. - The weather is playing havoc with some folks' efforts to get here it looks like. The roads are very slick from all the snow last night. It took Michigan an hour to get to the arena from their hotel in Middleton, normally a 15-minute drive.
If you're watching the game on TV, be sure to look for the ice fishing segment. Brent, Lav and Erin went out on the lake today with Coach Gard and Greg Stiemsma. I heard a good time was had by all.
6:04 p.m. - Michigan comes out in man-to-man. On the second possession, Flowers hits a three with the shot clock under 10. Wolverines now go to the 1-3-1. Krabbenhoft finds Hughes underneath with a sweet dish.
6:09 p.m. - Stiemsma and Bohannon for Butch and Hughes. Michigan with five quick ones to tie it up. UM forces a jump ball on the defensive end and will have the ball out of the TV timeout. Score tied 5-5 with 15:07 left.
6:11 p.m. - Badgers are 2-of-6 from the field and are being outrebounded 6-2.
6:12 p.m. - Michigan puts some pressure on. Badgers break it with a Butch dunk.
6:16 p.m. - Bohannon with a quick catch-and-shoot three. Michigan answers with its third offensive rebound of the game to make the score 10-8 at the second TV timeout, 11:49 left. I think the fishing stuff is coming up next on TV.
6:21 p.m. - Couple fast break hoops, including Pop with a steal and coast-to-coast layup, causes Michigan to call timeout. 14-8 Badgers with 10:29 left.
6:22 p.m. - It's actually 15-8 because Flowers' shot was actually a three.
6:26 p.m. - Lots of good ball movement but UM comes up with two blocks, the last one going out of bounds. After the TV timeout, Badgers will have the ball with one second left on the shot clock. UW leads 15-10 with 7:59 left.
6:29 p.m. - Landry comes out of the timeout by hitting a buzzer-beating three.
6:32 p.m. - Flowers with two great plays, finding Trevon for a layup on one end then causing a travel by Harris on the other end.
6:36 p.m. - Wind must be blowing in here because Jon Leuer just missed everything on his three. Michigan hits one on their end to cut the lead to five but Landry fights for an offensive rebound, puts it back in and gets fouled. UW up 22-15 with 3:57 left.
6:38 p.m. - Quick stats update. 10 of UW's 21 shots have been threes.
6:41 p.m. - Michigan is hanging around. They use a TO because they were trapped. 24-19 UW with 2:00 left in the half.
6:46 p.m. - Great Polar Bear shot on ESPN. Michigan seems unimpressed as Harris hits a three. Flowers answers with a little jumper then Joe steps in to draw a charge on Harris. UW calls timeout with 4.9 left to draw something up. Flowers gets a decent look at a three and it bounces off the front rim. Halftime score, UW 28-24.
7:01 p.m. - Ask the Badgers asks what TV family would you like to live with. Flowers goes last and he says the Brady Bunch. The scoreboard then morphs into the Brady Bunch screen with Mike in the middle, looking all around. Good stuff. FWIW, Butch said Desperate Housewives ... smart man.
7:07 p.m. - The students serenade Erin to start halftime. She aknowledges them with a wave. Good ball movement to start the half results in a Landry bucket down low. Michigan answers with a short jumper. Pop hits 1-of-2 then Michigan answers. Butch with a bucket then Harris right back. 33-30 Badgers.
7:10 p.m. - Two steals, one each by Flowers and Hughes, result in lay-ups for both of them, making the score 38-30. Michigan calls timeout with 16:14 left.
7:11 p.m. - Bucky Smile Cam focuses on a little kid dancing in a Bears jersey. He gets roundly booed. And he seemed to enjoy it, even popping the jersey a little.
7:13 p.m. - Manny Harris is pretty good. He has 21 of Michigan's 37, including the last seven to make it a one-point game. Bo calls timeout as its 38-37 with 14:35 left.
7:17 p.m. - The teams trade buckets and a held ball causes a TV timeout. UM ball out of the timeout with the Badgers leading 40-39, 13:27 left.
7:18 p.m. - More ice fishing footage coming out of the break. Obviously inspired by that, Stiemsma sends back Udoh's dunk attempt. Then Pop hits a three.
7:22 p.m. - Stiemsma takes a charge and Pop is fouled on the drive. Badgers ball out of the TV timeout, leading 43-39 with 11:18 left. Robbie from Madison, celebrating a birthday, just won a party sub from Milio's and subs for his row.
7:29 p.m. - Marcus just willed that ball in. Stiemsma with another block down low then Flowers with a run out layup. Michigan calls timeout as UW leads 51-42 with 8:18 left.
7:31 p.m. - Sims scores out of the timeout and Michigan gets a stop but misses the shot and the ball goes out of bounds off them. TV timeout with the Badgers leading 51-44 with 7:28 left. UW ball after the TO.
7:33 p.m. - UW is shooting 51.2 percent from the field compared to 38.0 percent for UW. The Wolverines have 16 offensive rebounds though, which is keeping them in the game.
7:35 p.m. - Michigan just called it's last timeout after coming up with an offensive rebound and being trapped. Michael Flowers has not come out of the game yet and Joe Krabbenhoft has played all but one minute.
7:36 p.m. - Harris completes a three-point play to bring Michigan within 51-47. They have answered every Badger run so far.
7:38 p.m. - Joe with his reverse layup for the day. Michigan answers but Harris is called for his fourth on the other end.
7:40 p.m. - Michigan ties it on a jumper by Udoh. Bohannon answers to put UW back on top. Flowers then forces a turnover. TV timeout with UW leading 55-53 with 3:30 left.
7:47 p.m. - A little "Stand Up Old People" gets the crowd into it. Big scramble for the ball and who else but Joe comes up with it. UW TO with 50 second left, up by one.
7:48 p.m. - Marcus with a HUGE three. Michigan misses and UW rebounds. They get fouled, only the sixth. Inbound to JBo and he gets fouled. It's Harris' fifth. J-Bo to the line.
7:51 p.m. - J-Bo makes both. Michigan with a three at the buzzer. Final score, UW 64-61.
9:20 a.m. (Wednesday) - Back with my day-after recap. Very exciting game last night. Despite the conditions and the slick roads, the crowd made it out and made their presence felt late in the game. The Michigan people remarked to me how impressed they were that the Kohl Center is ALWAYS packed, no matter what's going on outside or what day/time it is.
A lot of people probably expected a larger final margin but like Bo often says, the other guys have scholarships too and they're trying to win as well. Some games you play really well and the other team doesn't, sometimes you both play really well and sometimes your team struggles a little while the other team plays really well. This probably fell into the last category but as Joe Krabbenhoft said after the game, these are the kinds of games you have to find a way to win. And we did.
As I was driving home, the thing that struck me was how many different guys made plays down the stretch. Everyone has been talking about the balance this team has and it really came to light over the last five minutes. Michigan cut the lead to two with just under six minutes left. On our next possesion, Krabbenhoft, who had not taken a shot all game, drove in for a reverse layup. Michigan tied it about a minute later and Jason Bohannon answered with a floater down the lane.
Following a Michigan turnover, Trevon drove the lane but missed the lay-in, only to have Marcus tip it in. The Wolverines then cut the lead to one on a 3-pointer but Joe answered again, this time with a post move, with just over two minutes left. Michigan again cut it to one but then Marcus made that huge three with 20 seconds left, essentially putting the game away.
Just typing that again made me realize how many guys contributed (and I didn't even mention Flowers on the defensive end who basically was responsible for three Michigan turnovers in the last four minutes), but also the way they contributed. J-Bo is known as a 3-point shooter but his basket came on a drive. Joe isn't really known as a scorer but when it came crunch time he hunted down his shot and made two. Marcus does most of his damage down low but he made the biggest shot of the game and it was a three. And Trevon, still being a young point guard, was under control down the stretch and ran the team well, especially on that final play. He didn't force anything and gave the ball up to Marcus because, as he said in the post-game, he had a better look.
So yes, the balance showed, as well as the individual versatility of the players. All of that should definitely help the rest of the way.