Derrick Walton Jr. had the game of his career against Wisconsin Saturday night, and hit one of, if not the biggest shots of his career.
Walton led Michigan on an improbable come back attempt Saturday in Ann Arbor, nailing a game-tying three pointer with 1.3 seconds left, sending the game into overtime. But the extra five minutes seemed to be too much for Michigan, as they dropped a hard fought game in the extra period.
Walton Jr. finished with seventeen points, five rebounds, and two assists in the game. He hit late free-throws, and was the player Michigan could rely on late in the game. But it was not all Walton; Zak Irvin came alive during the second half, and took some of the pressure off of Walton. He finished with twelve points, two assists and two rebounds on the night.
Michigan had a chance to really build their résumé with a win over the sixth ranked Badgers, but could not overcome the quick six points Wisconsin scored to open up the extra frame. But Michigan proved, on national television, this team was more than one player. The injury to star guard, Caris LeVert, was devastating, but this team showed they can hang tough in big games. This game was a huge positive in my eyes, and Michigan can build on this for the rest of the season, and further.