Wild Week Ends With Michigan Title

Wild Week Ends With Michigan Title

Heading into the NCAA tournament, though, the Wolverines look like a unsafe opponent.

MI forward Moritz Wagner, top right, falls over an official next to Purdue head coach Matt Painter, top left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament against Purdue, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington. "Let's try to improve upon it"'.

Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) goes to the basket ahead of MI forward Moritz Wagner, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington.

On Sunday, the Big Ten first-teamer scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds during a 71-56 loss to the Wolverines. A day after scoring a career-high 29 points against Minnesota, Walton tallied 22 points to go with 7 assists and 6 rebounds as MI defeated the 2 seed Badgers 71-56.

MI beat Wisconsin for the second time-71-56 this time around-this season to win the conference championship.

Leading 33-32 at the break, MI scored the first six points of the second half and built a 44-34 margin with 13:16 remaining on a nifty three-point play from Zak Irvin, who put on a special all-around performance throughout the game. Minnesota's RPI was.612 and Wisconsin's was.597; is fifteen-tenths worth a three-seed difference? Wisconsin is averaging 72.4 points per game on offense while allowing 61.1 on defense.

The second-seeded Badgers eye their second Big Ten tournament title in three years and fourth overall on Sunday, when they face the eighth-seeded Wolverines in the championship game in Washington D.C. The Badgers have won three straight to move to 25-8 on the season. Feels like recency bias over body of work. Yet, it'll be a different kind of experience for Bennett after seeing his team earn a No. 1 seed in the 2014 tournament, a No. 2 seed in the '15 tournament and another No. 1 seed in last season's tournament, which came to an end for the Cavaliers in the Elite Eight.

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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.

Before tipoff, both teams knew they would be heading to the NCAA Tournament, win or lose.

The Marquette women's basketball team closed out the first half of their Big East quarterfinal on a 13-4 run and never looked back beating Georgetown 80-66 at the Al McGuire Center. This could be a tough game for the Golden Eagles given that this will effectively be a home game for the Gamecocks.

The road ahead: MI is awarded the 7 seed in the Midwest Region, facing 10-seed Oklahoma State on Friday in Milwaukee. Michigan State boasts a 63-29 mark in the NCAA Tournament with nine Final Four appearances, winning the 1979 and 2000 NCAA titles. It was more a matter of seeding and site for the Big Dance.

This season was one in which MI was an afterthought, both nationally and in conference play.

The Badgers will still be an at-large tournament team, but Gard needs to find ways to open up his offense before the tournament or be faced with an early exit next week. If Marquette - a hot-shooting, defense-indifferent squad - gets past SC, it would then probably face No. 2 Duke, which is only a few hours from Greenville. "And I think they're ready to try to make a run". The Golden Eagles are a real threat with their deep ball, leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage. Purdue was bounced in its first game against eventual champ MI, but its point guard cashed the longest shot of the tournament before the halftime buzzer. MI is officially making its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance and its seventh in the last nine years. The Wolverines were sitting at 12-7 and 2-4 in league play with a trip the NIT looking more and more inevitable with each loss.

He'll need to be on his game if MI is going to win. Ticket information is available here.