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January 15, 2014

Hoosiers grow up in 75-72 upset of No. 3 Wisconsin

; Michigan rolls over Penn State

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BLOOMINGTON, IND. —

“There’s a lot of things that are happening out there that allow us to continue to improve,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “When we go to Wisconsin, we’ll see how good an offensive team we are.”
The Wolverines play at Wisconsin on Saturday, then host Iowa before the showdown at Michigan State on Jan. 25.
Walton has been gaining confidence after taking over the point guard duties when Burke went to the NBA. Walton made a big driving layup at the end of Michigan’s win at Nebraska last week, and he started Tuesday’s game with two 3-pointers and a layup.
He ended up shooting 6 of 9 from the field.
“To see him do that, I just hope that he takes that into the rest of the games,” Michigan forward Jon Horford said. “Have confidence in yourself always, and understand that sometimes it’s your game, but it’s not always going to be your game. And when it’s not your game, still keep your mind right and still have that confidence.”
Horford gave Michigan a boost inside with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Walton’s start put Michigan up 8-0, and at that point Penn State had four turnovers and only one shot attempt. After a 3-pointer by Spike Albrecht and a dunk by Jordan Morgan, the Wolverines led 30-18.
Michigan led by as many as 14 in the first half, but it was 40-33 at halftime, and the Nittany Lions hung around for a while. With the Wolverines ahead by only two, Stauskas connected from beyond the arc to make it 50-45. Newbill answered with a jumper, but Michigan scored the next nine points, including a three-point play by Caris LeVert and an alley-oop dunk by Robinson from LeVert that made it 59-47.
Penn State upset Michigan in February for one of its two Big Ten victories last season. The Nittany Lions never led Tuesday. Frazier did have six assists, passing Dan Earl for second place on Penn State’s career list. Frazier has 576.

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