Opinion: Michigan basketball shows world it can win national title with blowout of Wisconsin


Franz Wagner explains how Michigan basketball’s hyped bench makes a difference, after the 77-54 blowout of Wisconsin, Jan. 12, 2021.

Detroit Free Press

It comes in a hurry, this Michigan basketball defense, it comes from everywhere, too, and if that’s all the Wolverines had to offer, they would still be a tournament team.   

But they dribble and pass and shoot, as well. They get buckets. Lots of them, also from lots of places. And when it’s all clicking, as it was Tuesday night at Crisler Center against Wisconsin, look out. 

No. 5 U-M put the college basketball world on blast, blowing out the No. 9 Badgers 77-54. Though the score doesn’t begin to capture what happened. 

All the Wolverines did was put a 43-6 run on Wisconsin, from late in the first half until midway through the second, overwhelming one of the best teams in college basketball.  

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So dominating was the performance, so utterly soul-snatching was the defense that when Wisconsin point guard, D’Mitrik Trice, finally hit a corner 3 to cut the lead to 31, Juwan Howard turned toward his bench,…

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