Lucas At Large: MBB: Michigan 61, Wisconsin 52

Here's what Mike Lucas had to say about Wisconsin's tough 61-52 loss to Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

"In Madison, the Badgers held Michigan to 40.7 FG%. In Ann Arbor, the Wolverines held UW to 40.7 FG%. Both games decided on defensive end which is not surprising considering the pedigree of these programs and the fundamental soundness of the defenses, among nations most efficient"
"Inability to finish around rim was costly to Badgers who had string of empty poss final 4 minutes. Shot only 2 FTs for game. Michigan survived despite 0-for-10 from 3 in 2ndH with Brazdeikis going 1-for-9 overall. Matthews, who had been in DF’s once last 6, was huge with 18-pts"
"Should be terrific energy Tuesday in KC with so much at stake in only reg season meeting betw UW and Sparty. Happ vs Ward has look of heavyweight bout. Winston is to MSU what Simpson is to Michigan, the head of the snake. Meek shall not inherit the paint in this league or matchup"