Final Score, Michigan 67 Pittsburgh 62
The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines got their first legitimate test of the 2012-13 season from the Pittsburgh Panthers, but managed to pass with flying colors thanks to Glenn Robinson III's late game explosion that helped the Maize and Blue come away with a 67-62 victory in the Preseason NIT Tip-Off semifinals.
Pitt led for much of the game until the Wolverines took a 46-44 lead with just over eight minutes left in the second half. Michigan never trailed from that point on.
Robinson scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for the Wolverines and double-digit efforts from Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskus were too much for Pitt to overcome.
The Panthers looked Top 25 worthy in the loss and were led by junior small forward Lamar Patterson, who came out of his slump with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the loss.
Michigan will face the Kansas State Wildcats in the championship game on Friday, while the Panthers will take on the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens in the consolation game.