If the Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers game was any precursor to how Friday’s contest between the Michigan Wovlerines and Wisconsin Badgers is going to go, then hold on to your hat.
Fans of both teams remember what happened the last time the Badgers and Wolverines matched up on February 9th of this year. Ben Brust of the Badgers wound up the hero with a half court heave that propelled his team to a 65-62 win.
The setting is different this time around as the two are facing off in the Big Ten Conference Tournament at the United Center, but I still think it is going to come down to a last second shot. It is no mystery that NCAA Basketball this season lacks a powerhouse team which is always evident when Big Ten teams go head-to-head. As bad as I want to proclaim the Wolverines and Trey Burke elite, they are inconsistent in the late seconds of the game–the missed opportunities in the teams latest loss to the Indiana Hoosiers stays fresh in everyones mind.
Something is going to give in the game versus the Badgers as the Wolverines average 75.1 points per game with the Badgers producing a lowly 66.1 points per contest. However, the Badgers smothering defense is a force to be reckoned with and is the Big Ten’s best. Wolverines chances are going to be few and far between, but I still think this game comes down to the last tick as the lone matchup between these two squads was decided by three points.
Either way, this game is going to be one for the ages and I have it coming down to the wire with a Badgers team that has lost two of their last three coming out on the losing end.