|Wolverines wins Big Ten Tournament, claim seven seed|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Michigan’s trip to Washington D.C. got off to a very rough start with high winds forcing an aborted takeoff and the team plane sliding off the runway. The cuts, bumps and bruises, not to mention frazzled nerves from that event, were no match though for the team unity and appreciation for opportunity created, with the Wolverines going on to win the Big Ten Tournament out of that trip.
Capping off the run, the Maize and Blue knocked off Wisconsin 71-56 on Sunday afternoon, giving the program its first conference tournament championship since 1998. With regular season crowns in 2012 and 2014, the Wolverines can now claim Big Ten Titles in three of the last six seasons.
Average 20.5 points, Derrick Walton Jr. led Michigan in scoring in three of the four games played, earning tournament MVP honors. The second-team All-Big Ten member was once again in prime form against Wisconsin, scoring 22 points, pulling down six rebounds and making seven assists.
Fellow senior Zak Irvin also had a big game with 15 points, a team best seven rebounds and five assists, while D.J. Wilson had 17 points.
Improving to 24-11, Michigan was named the No. 7 seed in the Midwest region for the NCAA Tournament, playing against Oklahoma State on Friday from Indianapolis, Ind.
Should the Wolverines advance, they will play on Sunday against the winner of 2-seed Louisville and 15-seed Jacksonville State.