|U-M advances to BTT title game with win over Minnesota|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Michigan jumped out to a quick double-digit lead and maintained the edge throughout, but faced a tough challenge holding off Minnesota on Saturday. Coming away with an 84-77 victory, the Wolverines advanced to play in the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game.
Moritz Wagner got off to a fast start in the meeting with the Golden Gophers to give the Maize and Blue the early edge, but struggled with foul trouble, finishing with 17 points. But it was senior Derrick Walton Jr. that led the way, putting together a sensational second half performance as Minnesota attempted to push closer.
Walton scored 29 points and picked up nine assists, while fellow senior Zak Irvin had 13 points and five assists.
The Wolverines picked up their 10th victory in 12 games, making to the final game of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2014.
Michigan will face Wisconsin at 3 p.m. eastern on Sunday with television coverage provided by CBS.