Wisconsin beats No. 3 Michigan 65-62 in OT
The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. -- With a three-point lead and less than 3 seconds on the clock at the end of regulation, Michigan coach John Beilein's plan was to foul.
Wisconsin's Ben Brust never gave the third-ranked Wolverines the chance.
Brust tied the game with a shot from just inside midcourt as the clock expired and then hit a 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime to give Wisconsin a 65-62 victory.
"We had two fouls to give, go foul," Beilein said. "(Brust) turned the corner on Caris (LeVert), and he couldn't get it done in time."
Brust's shot at the end of regulation was a dramatic turn of events for Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) and a soul crusher for Michigan (21-3, 8-3).
Just moments earlier, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a contested 3-pointer to put the Wolverines up 65-52 with less than 3 seconds left in regulation.
Following a timeout, Mike Bruesewitz passed up his first option in the inbounds play and then hit Brust in stride. The guard took one dribble across halfcourt and launched the shot, which hit nothing but net.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said the play was drawn up to see how Michigan defended the first cutter, Brust read the defense and reacted.
"The best thing was Mike's pass on the dime on the run, didn't have to reach back for it, able to catch it all in one motion," Ryan said.
Michigan still had fouls to give before the shot, and Beilein said the order coming out of the timeout was to foul. He also put LeVert on Brust to bolster the defense.
It was then time for Beilein to try rallying the troops.
"You're always picking them up in overtime, you're always saying something -- even if you're lying like crazy," Beilein said. "'Guys, we've got them where we want them. We're in better shape.' It's always the idea of what we're doing."
For all the fireworks in the final 3 seconds, the teams only managed seven points in overtime, including Brust's winning 3-pointer.
Following Brust's shot, Hardaway couldn't connect on his drive to the hoop on the next Michigan possession, and Glenn Robinson III fouled Jared Berggren on the rebound.
The Wolverines went to a full-court press with two more fouls to give. But the Badgers broke the press, and Michigan had to foul twice more to finally put Ryan Evans on the free throw line.
Evans, who shoots less than 43 percent from the line, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Burke couldn't connect in a rushed final possession for the Wolverines.
Brust scored 14 points for the Badgers, while Berggren added 13 points and eight rebounds. Sam Dekker scored 12 points, while Evans finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Burke scored 19 points to lead Michigan, but needed 21 shots to do it. Hardaway added 18 points, and McGary had 12 points and eight rebounds.n