Michigan pushes past Nebraska to move to semifinals
Written by Matt Pargoff   

If there was any question about how the Wolverines would matchup against a Nebraska squad that handed them their worst loss of the season earlier in the year, those concerns were quickly put to rest on Friday afternoon. Michigan jumped out in front early in the quarterfinals matchup of the Big Ten Tournament against the Cornhuskers, cruising to a 77-58 victory.

Just a day earlier, the Wolverines struggled from long range, missing their first 12 shots from beyond the arc in a win over Iowa. Getting a better feel for the setting in Madison Square Garden, the Maize and Blue nailed 11-of-23 three pointers, holding off every would-be run, and handing Nebraska a bad loss at a time when they were desperate to pad their resume.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman was a perfect 5-of-5 on threes, leading Michigan with 21 points. Moritz Wagner added a double-double performance with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Duncan Robinson scored 16 and Zavier Simpson had 12 points and six assists.

Advancing to the semifinal round of the tournament, the Wolverines will play Michigan State at 2 p.m. eastern on CBS. Michigan won the only regular season meeting between the in-state rivals 82-72 on Jan. 13 in East Lansing.


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