The Wisconsin Badgers showed the Michigan Wolverines what home court advantage is all about. In a game that was stretched into overtime, Wisconsin pulled out a 65-62 victory over the third ranked Wolverines.
The Badgers are now 10-0 at home against Michigan under coach Bo Ryan. They are also 12-2 on their home floor this season. With a win, Michigan was looking forward to reestablishing themselves as the number one ranked team in the country. However, Wisconsin had other plans.
Talent wise, the Badgers didn’t stand a chance in this game. Michigan has guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to form what may be the best backcourt in college basketball. However once 12 o’clock noon struck, that didn’t matter. It’s amazing what playing at home can do for a team’s psyche. There was no question they went into this game expecting to come away victorious.
Wisconsin’s guard Ben Brust tied the game at 60 after hitting a shot just inside half court to force overtime. In overtime only seven points were scored, and five of them belonged to the Badgers. In college basketball no matter how good a team is, and no matter the players they have, the home team has the upper hand.
College fans are more enthusiastic than those of a pro game. They help lead the way when teams are winning, and help pick them up when playing from behind. One thing college fans will never do, is “boo” their team. The Badger fans were in-tuned from start to finish. Even when forward Ryan Evans was bricking free throws, they had his back.
Burke and Hardaway combined for 37 points to lead the Wolverines, while Wisconsin had a valued effort from multiple players. Brust led the way with 14 points for the Badgers.
With their sixth man (home crowd) inspiring them, the Badgers found a way to get it done. Big Ten basketball at its’ finest was played today.