Men's Basketball

Junior center Jon Teske has scored in double figures in four consecutive games.

If the Wolverines indeed have a switch, Friday night would be a good time for them to flip it.

“I feel like we were just trying to go out there and win a game, rather than being excited to make open shots and being excited to beat a good team. I feel like that’s something that decreased the last couple games,” Poole said. “Being able to flip the switch and try to turn it on tomorrow and get after it in practice, just have fun. When you’re there, you have 16 people against 17,000. … Being in that situation is something I feel is exciting for us.”

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis shot 4-of-18 from the field against Minnesota on Tuesday.

The bigger problem, though, is that Michigan has no discernable solution. On Saturday, Beilein attributed the offensive woes to his team’s 16 turnovers. Against Minnesota, the Wolverines slashed that number to six, but were equally unimpressive, undone by a lack of ball movement.

Sophomores Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers combined for just 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting Tuesday night..

As those four excruciating minutes passed, with the refs reviewing every angle of a slowed-down Matthews releasing the ball, all Minnesota could do was stand and wait and hope.

A few milliseconds made the difference between what could have been one of the Golden Gophers’ biggest performances in years and just another game that ended in heartbreak.

Despite shooting woes, freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis posted 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Even though Tuesday was far, far from Ignas Brazdeikis’ finest performance, it was one of his most defining.

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Michigan stood on the cusp of disaster, and Ignas Brazdeikis started a drive. When he finished it, things hadn’t gotten much better — a layup attempt falling short, the game still tied, a double-digit lead still blown, overtime still waiting with two seconds to go.

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Michigan coach John Beilein's goal wasn't to be undefeated this season.

For everyone else, too, it had been a while since they’d made mistakes like that, been outplayed like that or lost like that. Other than a 62-60 scare in Evanston in early December, there hadn’t been any semblance of trouble all season. Now that they’ve hit some struggles, the Wolverines are better equipped to correct them.

Charles Matthews had three turnovers and just five points in Michigan's 64-54 loss at Wisconsin.

So when the Kohl Center crowd rose to its feet as Wolverines coach John Beilein signaled for a timeout with four minutes to play and his team trailing by six, Michigan had no answers.

“We just needed to capitalize,” said sophomore guard Jordan Poole. “But we also haven’t been in a situation like this too many times.”

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis was held scoreless in Michigan's loss at Wisconsin.

What is clear is this: Wisconsin forced Michigan to play on its terms Saturday.

Each team had 64 possessions. They were slow, monotonous and ended in frustration more often than not. That’s Wisconsin basketball.

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Michigan was bound to lose sometime and here it was, a game full of offensive woes and turnovers and giving Wisconsin just a little too much room to get back into the game until finally, it cascaded in the Wolverines’ 64-54 loss. Michigan never led again.