Wisconsin G Bronson Koenig out versus MI

Elliot Moormann  The Badger Herald

MI center Moe Wagner led the Wolverines with 12 points, but when he was removed after his first foul with 8:23 left the half, he was replaced by freshman Jon Teske. Abdur-Rahkman scored six straight on a jumper and four-point play before Irvin capped it with a 3-pointer to send the Crisler Center crowd into a frenzy.

Happ was spectacular in the first half as he recorded 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 15 minutes. Greg Gard didn't get enough production from the other starters, though.

When that was followed by Mark Donnal blocking Happ and Irvin hitting a three-pointer - after three rough weeks - the improbable was suddenly possible as the Wolverines capped a 9-0 run to take a 54-47.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added eight of his 12 points in the second half. Wagner hit a layup and a 3-pointer from atop the key and Irvin split two free throws and had a driving layup.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. has scored at least 20 points in five straight games and in six of the last eight, including a season-high 25 in games against Ohio State on February 4 and in on Sunday.

Wagner is averaging 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 three-pointers per game this season.

The Wolverines lost to Wisconsin by four earlier this season in a game that looked promising with about six minutes to play. Koenig was ruled out with a leg injury for the Badgers. IN is one of three Big Ten teams that U-M plays twice (Wisconsin and Nebraska).

Irvin scored 20 points in Madison during the first matchup, and again gave the Badgers fits on Thursday night.

Becoming the first Wolverine with 1000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists, Derrick Walton Jr. didn't have much impact on the scoreboard like he has in recent games.

Also, despite a 26-21 first half that game pushed a total of 132, as the teams combined to score 85 points in the second half. He finished with only five points on 1-of-8 shooting.

One bright spot for the Badgers continues to be Zak Showalter's defense.

Walton Jr. hit two free throws after the third foul, giving MI a 43-42 lead. MI has to move past that and play like this is an NCAA Tournament game because a win here keeps their season alive.

Maryland, which handed Northwestern a 74-64 loss Wednesday in Evanston, Ill., visits the Kohl Center at noon Sunday.

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