No. 7 Michigan manhandles No. 9 Wisconsin

No. 7 Michigan overwhelmed No. 9 Wisconsin with a 36-3 outburst spanning the two halves and rolled to a 77-54 victory on Tuesday at Ann Arbor, Mich.Mike Smith compiled 16 points and six assists while Franz Wagner supplied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan (11-0, 6-0 Big Ten), which maintained sole possession of first place in the conference.Isaiah Livers contributed 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Wolverines while Hunter Dickinson added 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks.Michigan’s lead topped out at 40 points midway through the second half.D’Mitrik Trice’s 20 points led Wisconsin (10-3, 4-2), which was held to 30.8 percent shooting from the floor. Micah Potter tossed in 12 points but also committed a team-high four turnovers.The Badgers went scoreless in the last 6:19 of the first half as Michigan extended a three-point advantage to a 40-23 halftime lead.Dickinson got the run going with a layup. Livers drained a 3-pointer before Wagner stole the ball from Trice and dunked.Another Trice turnover turned into a Smith layup. Wagner, who scored a game-high 11 first-half points, drove to the basket for another dunk after Nate Reuvers missed a shot. Smith completed the onslaught with a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key.The Badgers were held to 30.3 percent shooting in the half and committed seven turnovers that the Wolverines turned into 11 points. In contrast, Michigan shot 53.3 percent and made just four turnovers.

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