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Instant Analysis: Michigan 25, Wisconsin 19 H

1/8/2012

Player of the half: Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke. The Ohio native drew the assignment of All-American guard Jordan Taylor and held him to four points on 2 of 8 shooting. Even more predictable and expected was Burke's offensive performance. He seems to have shaken off a rough game at Indiana to lead Michigan with six points -- tied with Zack Novak -- along with two rebounds and two assists. But his job on Taylor has made him the player of the game.

Turning point: Tim Hardaway Jr. didn't shoot much from 3-point range in the first half -- at least not like he has done the prior three Big Ten games -- but his 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Wolverines a 16-14 lead with 6:46 remaining in the half. It led Michigan close the half on a 12-6 run, which against Wisconsin is a big deal.

Stat of the half: 30.8 percent from the field for Wisconsin. The Badgers have struggled shooting in the Big Ten -- a big key in their losses last week to Iowa and Michigan State -- and it continued against Michigan. Wisconsin shot 8 of 26 from the field -- 6 of 24 from 2-point range -- and it wasn't even the misses that were jarring but the poor shot selection. Many of Wisconsin's shots felt forced and rushed. Much of that has to do with Michigan's defense, but also bad decision-making by the Badgers, who are usually one of the smarter teams in the league.