Badgers swept by MI in Big Ten Tourney

Badgers swept by MI in Big Ten Tourney

Badgers swept by MI in Big Ten Tourney

Your 2nd semifinal game in the Big Ten tournament is set to tip-off this afternoon to see who will play MI in the championship game tomorrow.

A win like that, plus recent wins over Ohio State, plus victories over Maryland and Penn State on the road, have beefed up Michigan's NCAA resume. Michigan's Zavier Simpson, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Mo Wagner each contributed 15 points Saturday.

Maryland (25-6) was too athletic and had too many options offensively with four players scoring in double figures.

Miles Bridges led the way for the Spartans with 20 points and nine rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 and Cassius Winston had 11. "Both teams played really good defense". There were two scrums after hard fouls, a technical foul was called against the Spartans' forward Nick Ward and referee Gene Steratore - yeah, the guy who led the officiating crew at the Super Bowl - lectured both Tom Izzo of Michigan State and John Beilein of Michigan after the nonsense. However, some of that struggle came from having to guard the sharpshooting Bullock, who only had 10 points, all in the second half.

Wagner had three baskets and a free throw, with a drive to the hoop seemingly getting him going.

The Wolverines protected their advantage but the Spartans pulled within 50-47 on a 3-pointer by Bridges with 8:28 remaining.

Abdur Rahkman talked about the energy the crowd provided.

Michigan State never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Notre Dame's Bobby Nardella flips as he hits Ohio State's Sean Romeo (30) during a game earlier this year.

Senior swingman Duncan Robinson said this year feels like 2017 when the Wolverines won the tournament as the No. 8 seed, the lowest seed to win the event. Fifth-seeded Michigan needed overtime to beat Iowa in its first game, then took out Nebraska and No. 1 Michigan State.

The Michigan Wolverines will take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game on Sunday, start time at 4:30 PM ET, at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.

Third-seeded Purdue (28-5) faces No. 5 MI, which will try to repeat as tournament champs on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. To come out like we did these two games, it wasn't our best, but we were able to do it.

But after the two teams traded hoops in the first four minutes, MI went on a 9-0 run in a span of 1:18 to lead 47-40 with 14:59 remaining.

Edwards made back-to-back 3s to make it 74-56 with 3:41 left and Purdue was on its way to play for a title.

In his last four Big Ten tourney appearances before Saturday, Wagner had averaged 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

IN THE BIG TEN: Penn State broke a 2-2 tie with two goals in the last two minutes of the second period and held on for a 5-3 victory over Minnesota in the first game of their best-of-three series at University Park, Pa. The sophomore faced an array of defenders, including Vincent Edwards, Nojel Eastern and P.J. Thompson. Hell, when he's on, I'd argue he's as good as any individual in the Big Ten.

The Wolverines entered Saturday afternoon playing their best basketball of the season and carried it over one more time, once again against rival Michigan State. A night after giving up 17 offensive boards to Rutgers, the Boilermakers allowed 16 rebounds to Penn State. Edwards poured in 27 points in the semifinal win over Penn State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions led much of the way, but Edwards made a 3 for Purdue with 2 seconds left in the half to send the Boilermakers to the break ahead 33-31.

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