Indiana rallies, beats Michigan for Big Ten title

Indiana beat Michigan 72-71 to win the Big 10 championship Sunday in Ann Arbor.   They had to claw back from an deficits early and late in the game, but did so in time for a narrow win in a pivotal game.  Winning such a tough conference makes them much more likely to be a number-one seed in the national tournament.

According to the Chicago Tribune, this is the first regular season Big Ten title that Indiana has had to themselves since 1993.

Michigan led for a good portion of the first half, holding a lead that was as big as eight points at a time.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glen Robinson III had impressive showings as usual.  When Indiana started catching up at the end of the first half, Robinson answered with an and 1 on a well-guarded reverse-layup. But both faltered in the final minutes, which attributed to the Hoosiers being able to get back into the game.  Trey Burke led the Wolverines with 20-points.

Indiana’s seven-footer Cody Zeller led the game in scoring with 25, and 10 rebounds to go along with it.

The Hoosier win not only spoils nice seeding for Michigan, but it also spoils their perfect season at home, leaving them at 17-1 according to USA Today.  The Hoosiers had lost three-straight in Ann Arbor going into Sunday’s game.

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