U-M claims second straight Big Ten Tourney Championship
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The Wolverines were unable to beat Purdue in the regular season, falling twice in close games. With a Big Ten Tournament Championship on the line Sunday though, Michigan stepped up big, knocking off the Boilermakers 75-66.

The Maize and Blue took their first lead just under four minutes into the game and never surrendered it again the rest of the way, battling from in front in the first half and pulling ahead by as many as 18 points after the break.

Playing against some of the best big men in the conference, the Wolverines' own centers stepped up. Jon Teske fell just a point shy of his career high, scoring 14 points off the bench, with Moritz Wagner adding 17 points.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 15 points and Zavier Simpson scored 10.

Wagner was named the Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player, averaging 15.75 points over the four-game run.

Extending their win streak to nine games, the Wolverines improved their record to 28-7 heading into the selection process for the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced in one week.


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