Michigan’s so-called “revenge tour” turned out to be a rerun after the Wolverines lost to Wisconsin in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, 68-59. And while they will have to forget this loss quickly as attention turns collectively to the NCAA tournament, Michigan will have to address some season-long issues that were exposed once again against the Badgers.
The mot pressing is the defense. Almost every player mentioned it as the number one thing the team needs to address, and so did John Beilein. It’s not that Michigan’s defense can’t be good — it just isn’t consistent.
“We have to keep looking for defensive consistency,” Tim Hardaway Jr. said after the game on Friday. “Defense goes a long way when you’re in the tournament.”
Michigan’s loss to Wisconsin bore out this need for consistency in defensive effort. In the first half, Michigan’s defense was great, holding Wisconsin to just 17 points on 34 possessions, But things got worse in the second frame