The No. 2 Michigan Wolverines will visit the Wisconsin Badgers for a Big Ten clash at the Kohl Center on Saturday.
The game is scheduled to start at Noon ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. If you don’t have cable, you can still watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, video game console, smart TV, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN News. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPN and ESPN2 are both included in the “Sling Orange” channel bundle, while ESPNU and ESPN News are in the “Sports Extra” add-on. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial of both packages right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
Michigan vs Wisconsin Preview
The Wolverines, who boast the nation’s third-best scoring defense at 56.6 points per game, haven’t lost all year. On Sunday, they got their 17th victory of the season by blowing out Northwestern 80-60 at home, behind big performances from junior guard Zavier Simpson and junior center Jon Teske.
“As we go down the road, we’re going to need that,” Wolverines head coach John Beilein said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t want to compare it to any other team because we’ve had some great teams. I hate comparing great to great but I do say this team has the capacity, if we get that out of those two, I wouldn’t want to have to guard that.”
Teske matched his career high with 17 points, adding 11 boards, three steals, and a pair of blocks; he averages 8.4 points per game. Simpson, who averages 8.6 points and a team-leading 5.9 assists per game, dropped a career-high 24 points on the Wildcats.
“You put a challenge in front of Zavier Simpson and he’s gonna eventually win,” Beilein said, according to The Michigan Daily. “Time will run out sometimes in life, but he will eventually win if there’s a big challenge in front of him. And so that’s what it is. You challenge him, say you can’t — he gives some pretty good stares to people after he scores. Over them, around them, under them, we got another book in today. He’s gonna beat the odds.”
The 11-6 Badgers have dropped four of their last five. After opening their Big Ten schedule with victories over a ranked Iowa team and Rutgers, they’ve won just once in their last four conference tests.
On Monday, they erased a 21-point deficit against No. 19 Maryland to take a late lead, only to fall 64-60. Wisconsin shot 7-of-26 in the first half, and 0-of-8 from three-point range, entering the break down 33-15. They went 11-of-22 from deep in the second half, and 16-of-34 overall.
“It (was) a perfect example of how not to and how to,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “When we get completely to the how-to side for 40 minutes we’ve got a chance to be a pretty good team.
“Until then we’ll continue to learn some hard lessons.”
Sophomore guard Brad Davison shot just 4-of-13 from the field for 11 points, but his three-pointer with two minutes remaining put the Badgers ahead 60-59, their first lead since it was 4-2.
“Every loss stings,” Davison said, per the Journal Sentinel. “The start of the game is what stings. It is kind of a theme the past couple of games.
“Getting down early and then fighting and crawling and scrapping to get back – making it hard on ourselves.
“In the first half, our offense was very stagnant. We had to take a lot of tough shots late in the shot clock that we didn’t have to do in the second half. We had a lot better ball movement.”
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