In the first game of the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Championship tournament, the Michigan Wolverines squared off with the Indiana Hoosiers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Needing to win to impress the selection committee, Michigan played like a team who wants to be on the big stage in March. Kameron Chatman‘s three-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock gave the Wolverines their biggest victory of the season, 72-69.
The Wolverines, who trailed 37-36 at the half, used a combination of solid defense and balanced offense all afternoon. Four players finished in double-digits. Zak Irvin lead led the way with 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman chipped in 15 of his own, plus Duncan Robinson and Mark Donnal each poured in 12. Derrick Walton, who finished with only two points, set a new Big Ten Tournament record with 12 assists on the day.
A big contribution from the bench came from German transplant Moritz Wagner, who added nine points.
A major key to victory was holding the Hoosiers Yogi Ferrell to 14 points. Troy Williams paced Indiana with 16.
The Hoosiers held a five point lead with 2:44 left on the clock in the second half, but Michigan rallied and scored the last six points of the game.
Overall, both teams had solid afternoons shooting the ball. Michigan finished at 46.4% for the game, while Indiana finished at 45.3%.
Turnovers played a big role in the game. Indiana turned the ball over 15 times compared to 10 Michigan turnovers.
The Wolverines now move on to the semifinals, where they will meet the winner of today’s game between the University of Illinois and Purdue University.