Wolverines and Boilermakers clash
The Michigan Wolverines and the Purdue Boilermakers will meet for the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Michigan finished tied for fourth in the Conference during the regular campaign, but was seeded fifth in the Tournament with Nebraska awarded fourth on a tiebreaker.
That forced the Wolverines to open their play on Thursday rather than Friday as Michigan defeated Iowa in overtime before matching up with the Cornhuskers on Friday.
A comfortable victory followed to set up Saturday's game against the #1 seed in the Big Ten, the Spartans of Michigan State.
The Wolverines had defeated the Spartans during the regular campaign in East Lansing at the Breslin Center with Moritz Wagner leading the way with 27 points in the 82-72 triumph.
This time Wagner was the co-leader in team scoring for Michigan as the junior from Berlin, Germany scored 15 points in the 75-64 win to snap Michigan State's 13-game winning streak.
Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each also dropped in 15 points as the Wolverines finished off any notion that the Spartans would grab a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State may now be looking at a #3 seed while Michigan appears to be a solid #5 depending what happens in other Conference Tournament's this upcoming week.
Meanwhile Purdue avoided an upset defeat at the hands of Penn State in a result that probably ended the at-large chances of the Nittany Lions.
Carsen Edwards paced the Boilermakers with 27 points in the 78-70 victory, but like their win over Rutgers in the Quarter-final on Friday, Purdue has not dominated when it should. The Boilermakers and Wolverines played twice in the regular season with Purdue winning both games by a combined five points.
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