Wolverines advance to BTT final with win over MSU
Written by Matt Pargoff   


For the second year in a row, Michigan will head to the final of the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines secured their opportunity Saturday afternoon, tussling with in-state rival Michigan State and securing a 75-64 victory.

Leading for nearly the entire game, the Maize and Blue struggled to extend their advantage, but answered every surge from the Spartans.

With a balanced attack on offense, the Wolverines saw five players reach double figures, including Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Moritz Wagner and Zavier Simpson each scoring 15 points, Duncan Robinson adding 13 and Charles Matthews 12.

Going 2-0 on the season against their in-state rival, Michigan’s defense held Michigan State to its third lowest scoring effort of the season.

The Wolverines will face Purdue for the Big Ten Tournament championship on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. eastern on CBS. The Boilermakers are the only team to beat Michigan twice this season, winning 70-69 on a controversial ending in Ann Arbor on Jan. 8, and outscoring the U-M 92-88 in West Lafayette on Jan. 25.


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