Wisconsin-Michigan Preview

The Associated Press

Wisconsin and Michigan both came out on the losing end in recent Big Ten games that went down to the final seconds.

The 18th-ranked Badgers, though, might have the better chance of bouncing back Sunday - especially if Jordan Taylor has another strong performance against the No. 16 Wolverines.

Wisconsin (12-4, 1-2) fell 63-60 in overtime to No. 10 Michigan State on Tuesday when Ryan Evans' game-tying 3-pointer was disallowed after replay review. Officials ruled that the ball left his hands too late even though a nearby clock showed 0.2 seconds remaining.

In a statement the next day, Wisconsin officials said the backboard clock, which had no time left, was considered official.

It was the Badgers' second straight home loss following a surprising 72-65 defeat versus Iowa on Dec. 31.

"I recall two years ago Ohio State started 0-2 in the league and went on to win it or at least a share of it, so there's a lot of basketball left," Taylor said after scoring a season-high 28 points against the Spartans. "We've put ourselves in a hole, but we go to Michigan next, play a good team on the road, a place where we've had some success.

"Hopefully we can correct the things we aren't doing right and get a win there and start a winning streak."

The standout guard has played a part in the Badgers' 10-game win streak over Michigan by scoring 20 points in each of the last two matchups. Another such performance Sunday might help Wisconsin avoid its first three-game skid since it dropped six in a row Jan. 11-31, 2009, the longest losing streak in coach Bo Ryan's 10-plus seasons.

The Wolverines (12-3, 2-1) are coming off a 73-71 loss Thursday at No. 12 Indiana, which snapped a seven-game win streak. Michigan rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to tie the game but couldn't take the lead.

"I thought they played really hard and did some of the things we needed to do to win," coach John Beilein said. "But we needed a couple more possessions or have a few possessions back."

Leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points despite missing all seven shots from 3-point range. He is 4 for 33 (12.1 percent) from beyond the arc over the last five games and 0 for 11 over the past two.

Things haven't gone Michigan's way against Wisconsin recently in large part because the Wolverines have averaged 51.7 points over the past 10 meetings. The then-No. 12 Badgers needed their strong defensive effort last season in Ann Arbor to come away with a 53-52 win Feb. 23.

Josh Gasser's 3-pointer at the buzzer - off the glass, like Evans' bid - gave Wisconsin that win. The Badgers, however, are just 8 for 50 (16.0 percent) from long range during their back-to-back losses.

"You can't wait until the end of the game to start making shots," Ryan said.

Hardaway Jr. had a team-best 16 points at home against Wisconsin last season, going 4 of 7 from 3-point range, while Zack Novak was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc during a 66-50 road loss Jan. 5, 2011.

They might not have as much success in this game, however, with Wisconsin allowing opponents to shoot just 24.9 percent from long distance. The Badgers are also among the nation's leaders in average points allowed (47.3) and opponents' field goal percentage (34.9).

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