The Big Ten Conference provided college basketball fans with yet another dramatic finish on Sunday afternoon at the Crisler Center as the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers claimed the outright league title with a 72-71 victory over the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan controlled the game after going on a 24-6 run early in the first half, but Indiana never went away. The Hoosiers battled back and took the lead with just over 12 minutes left in regulation.
The Wolverines regained control roughly 10 minutes later with seven straight points from Trey Burke, Jordan Morgan, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III. The young Michigan group lost this one at the free-throw line, though.
Indiana trailed by five points before Burke and Hardaway both missed the front ends of one-and-one attempts. Preseason All-American forward Cody Zeller took the game over with his team trailing, and scored the final six points for the Hoosiers.
Zeller finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while junior shooting guard Victor Oladipo pulled down 13 boards and chipped in 14 points.
Burke scored 20 points for the Wolverines, and Robinson added 13 points. Each of Michigan's starters, with the exception of Morgan, reached double figures.
The victory means Indiana will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament this week, and Michigan will be seeded No. 5.
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