It can be hard to see the silver lining in a loss, but there is one for the Michigan Wolverines: they don't have to play again on a Saturday till March 2 (against No. 12 Michigan State).
Last weekend saw the then-No. 1 Wolverines lose to Indiana in a hard fought, close game. With the 16-7 Wisconsin Badgers on tap for this Saturday the Michigan faithful knew it would not be an easy one, but they were confident in their team getting back on track.
So much for that.
The Badgers are one probably one of the more underrated teams in the nation with four of their seven losses coming against ranked opponents this season (and two more ranked opponents coming up next in No. 18 Minnesota and No. 10 Ohio State). On this day they appeared as if they belonged on the court with one of the best teams in the nation and then some.
Wisconsin got out to an 8-point lead a little more than midway through the first half, but the score was typically never more than a few points a part. Tim Hardaway Jr. gave the Wolverines a three point lead with three seconds to go, but a half court heave from Wisconsin's Ben Brust sent the game to overtime.
Neither team felt like making too many shots in the overtime period with each making an early basket, but that was the only basket the Wolverines would make. In the end it was Brust to the rescue again with a three-pointer to give the Badger the upset win.