Lions fall in Big Ten semis

05 March, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Michigan wins 2nd straight Big Ten tournament title

Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and sophomore guard Zavier Simpson also scored 15 points as the fifth-seeded Wolverines (27-7) won their eighth consecutive game.

Michigan was just too balanced and quick for Michigan State.

Miles Bridges led the way for the Spartans with 20 points and nine rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 and Cassius Winston had 11, but the Spartans only crossed into double figures with the MI band revving the Maize and Blue faithful at Madison Square Garden with yet another version of "Hail To The Victors". That's essentially the message Beilein has reiterated often these past two seasons, ever since an IL player called MI a "white-collar" team. 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 Beilein after the nonsense.

"I think it just opens up the floor", Mathias said.

But Michigan had an answer, getting three straight stops and free throws from Matthews and Simpson to go back up 10 just 30 seconds later. "We didn't come here to beat Michigan State". First it was Nebraska in the quarterfinals, then most recently top-seeded Michigan State.

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The Wolverines won, 75-64, to advance to Sunday afternoon's final.

For Michigan State, the Spartans are hopeful to remain as a #2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament with their eye on Detroit, as brand new Little Caesars Arena will host second and third round games.

Carsen Edwards scored 27 points for the Boilermakers (28-5), who will face No. 5 MI in the title game Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Michigan: Play in the title game against the victor of the game between third-seeded Purdue and seventh-seeded Penn State. With Purdue struggling, the Wolverines just kept on clicking, led by a Bullock three-pointer to start a 9-0 run.

Dennis Smirnov gave the Nittany Lions a 3-2 lead at 18:49 and Andrew Sturtz scored at 19:45 to boost PSU's lead to 4-2. From the start of the NIT in the late 1930s, to Knicks championships in the 70s and the Big East Tournament in the 80s, the Garden has as much history as it does nicknames, earning it the title of the "Mecca of Basketball". "We are one step closer, but we still have to stay locked in on the task at hand".

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The No. 1-seeded Fighting Irish dominated the first half of the schedule, winning its first 13 conference games until Wisconsin finally snapped the run.

He made back-to-back 3s to make it 74-56 with 3:41 left and Purdue was on its way to play for the title. Edwards was 6 for 9 from 3, and Isaac Haas added 17 points and seven rebounds.

Purdue's long offensive possessions and stout defense allowed them to keep distance from Penn State after the halftime break. The sophomore faced an array of defenders, including the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Nojel Eastern, 5-10 P.J. I thought it was a little bit of youth and inexperience and not ready to deal with their pushback, " MSU coach Danton Cole said. Moritz Wagner is leading MI with 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while Charles Matthews is adding 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Methodically and with a painstaking pace, Purdue crawled to a 15-point lead as Penn State's tournament hopes slipped away.

Defenseman Damian Chrcek's first goal of the season, with 1:22 left in the game, was assisted by defenseman Zach Osburn and freshman center Gino Esteves. Defensively, Purdue basketball yields 65.4 points per game against the opposing teams.

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