In a season full of huge plays, Ben Brust firmly planted himself in the discussion for shot of the year in the Wisconsin Badgers' upset of the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines.
The junior guard hit a half-court three at the buzzer to tie the score at 60-60 and force overtime. The extra period was rather unspectacular as Wisconsin went on to win 65-62.
Brust was the Badgers' leading scorer, finishing with 14 points. All of his field goals were three-pointers and none were bigger than the one that ended regulation. Even without the buzzer-beater, the game was certainly full of drama. It was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to assert itself for a sustained period of time.
Trey Burke had made a three-pointer to put the Wolverines up 60-57 with only three seconds left. It certainly looked like that would be the game, as Wisconsin was inbounding the ball from under its own basket. Bo Ryan drew up the perfect play in order to get the ball in Brust's hands, and the guard did the rest.
For Wisconsin, it might not even be the biggest win of the season. The Badgers had beaten the Indiana Hoosiers back in January to give Indiana its first conference loss of the season. They've also got a 45-44 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on their resume. Beating the Wolverines is another huge step in securing a bid for the NCAA tournament. The Badgers moved to 17-7 (8-3 in Big Ten) on the season with the upset of Michigan.
Michigan has now suffered two defeats in its last three games. The Wolverines lost to the Hoosiers after reclaiming the top spot in the AP poll for the first time since the days of the Fab Five. Wisconsin represented the third game in an absolutely brutal four-game stretch for Michigan, which started with Indiana and was followed up by matchups with the Ohio State Buckeyes and Badgers, and then ends with a game against the Michigan State Spartans.
Upsets are what make college basketball great. Brust's three-pointer will likely be remembered in Madison, Wisc., for a long time to come.
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