Men's basketball | Wisconsin 65, Michigan 62, OT: Badgers rally behind miracle shot for upset
Wisconsin’s Ben Brust hits a three-pointer from just inside midcourt to force overtime.
MADISON, Wis. — When Ben Brust tied the score at the end of regulation with a shot from just inside midcourt, teammate Mike Bruesewitz looked over at Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and saw something unusual.
Ryan had his arms raised.
“You know, when he shows some emotion, you’ve done something pretty special,” Bruesewitz said.
Brust later hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime, and Wisconsin defeated third-ranked Michigan 65-62 yesterday.
“It was awesome, something I’ll remember forever, and I’m sure a lot of people will,” Brust said of the game, which ended with students storming the court and Bruesewitz taking the public address announcer’s microphone to thank the crowd as students celebrated around him.
The Wolverines’ loss follows those by No. 1 Indiana (to Illinois on Thursday) and No. 2 Florida (to Arkansas on Tuesday). This should be the sixth straight week with a different No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Brust’s shot at the end of regulation was a dramatic turn of events for Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) and a soul crusher for Michigan (21-3, 8-3).
Just moments earlier, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a contested three-pointer to put the Wolverines up 60-57 with less than three seconds left.
Following a timeout, Bruesewitz hit Brust in stride on the inbounds pass. Brust took one dribble across midcourt and launched the shot.
Michigan still had fouls to give before the shot, and coach John Beilein said the order coming out of the timeout was to foul. He also put Pickerington North graduate Caris LeVert on Brust to bolster the defense.
“We were definitely fouling, wanted to keep everyone in front of us, and (Brust) turned the corner on (LeVert) just enough that he couldn’t foul him,” Beilein said. “I thought we had them once they couldn’t get their initial guy.
“With Caris’ quickness, we thought he could get there, but he didn’t.”
Brust scored 14 points for the Badgers and Berggren added 13 points and eight rebounds. Sam Dekker scored 12 points and Evans added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Northland graduate Trey Burke scored 19 points to lead Michigan, but he needed 21 shots to do it. Hardaway added 18 points, and Mitch McGary had 12 points and eight rebounds.