MI wins Big Ten Tournament, tops Wisconsin, 71-56

Mar 13, 2017, 01:00
MI wins Big Ten Tournament, tops Wisconsin, 71-56

Even if total attendance this week wasn't overwhelming, the shift to the East Coast validated the Big Ten's desire to branch out from the Midwest. I'm not going to argue that.

Its flight from near Ann Arbor on Wednesday didn't make it off the runway, getting into an accident after an aborted takeoff because of high winds.

"It's not going away just yet", MI coach John Beilein said about his team's rattling trip.

MI forward D.J. Wilson reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington.

This game was a joy to watch, textbook basketball that featured unselfish play, attractive passing, defense without fouling and teamwork.

Regardless, they've been on their game defensively, and it was on display in yesterday's win.

The Badgers' dominance started on the defensive end and Northwestern rarely got an uncontested shot.

Wisconsin is a seasoned bunch that has nothing to be ashamed of.

Wisconsin took down IN 70-60 IN the quarterfinals to get to this point.Tthe Badgers are now riding a two game winning streak thanks to the likes of Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ.

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The people won't come: Attendance might be an issue as well for the Big Ten hockey tournament, which begins a three-day run Thursday in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

"You know when you play these guys what kind of game it's going to be", Collins said. Wednesday's frightening situation involving the team plane sliding off a runway in Ann Arbor has been the story of the week, but surely MI was playing well enough already to make this run a possibility.

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Minnesota had one last gasp, but Walton sank four free throws to give the Wolverines a 82-75 lead with 33.3 seconds left.

Derrick Walton Jr. led the way with 22 points, and, in the end, the Wolverines were able to dribble out the clock, laughing and calling on the crowd to get even louder. Defensively, the Wildcats forced just three turnovers and didn't complete possessions.

The Big Ten has been somewhat down this season, and the tournament bids will surely reflect that.

The Wolverines shot 63.3% and took a 47-36 lead at the break, making U-M fans comfortable, knowing the 20-1 record when leading at the half. The Badgers were led by Bronson Koenig with 15. Irvin has nine, while D.J. Wilson and Mo Wagner have five each. MI has already marched to the finals with key wins over Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota, now a victory over Wisconsin would put the Wolverines in five to six seed territory for the NCAA Tournament. Time for the Wolverines to panic?

MI shot 59 percent from the field in the first half, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range. Scottie Lindsey, who scored 16 points and hit 5 of 10 from the field, was the only bright spot. They are scoring in bunches and with efficiency while playing strong defense to back it up.