ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The balance of the Wisconsin basketball team makes it hard for any person to predict which player will take the starring role in the next edition of its near-astonishing turnaround from the doldrums it found itself in one month into the season. On a late February evening, the Badgers passed another road test on their road to redemption, as junior D’Mitrik Trice stunted almost every Michigan surge in continuing Wisconsin’s surge up the Big Ten standings.
Trice dropped in 28 points, including a deep three from the wing with 2:30 remaining in helping to seal an 81-74 victory by Wisconsin over the Wolverines at Crisler Center, extending the Badgers’ winning streak to five games while snapping Michigan’s five-game winning run. In each of those last five games, Wisconsin has featured a different leading scorer.
Trice stated his intentions early on, scoring the first two baskets for Wisconsin on the night as it secured a wire-to-wire victory in large part to 63 percent shooting from the field (17-for-27) in the first 20 minutes.
Aleem Ford and Micah Potter each scored 18 points for the Badgers, with Potter adding seven rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench, as the Badgers have owned the recent series against Michigan, winning 19 of their last 25 games against the Maize and Blue.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Thursday evening’s game, with all photos taken by Detroit-area photographer Aaron J. Thornton. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 15 pictures in total.