The No. 13 Purdue Boilermakers will play for their first Big Ten tournament title since 2009 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 76-59 in a semifinal Saturday in Indianapolis.
A.J. Hammons led the way for Purdue, scoring 10 points early on his way to a 27-point, 11-rebound, three-block day. From the opening tip, the Boilermakers were able to dominate on the inside, shooting an excellent 52.7 percent from the field.
Michigan trailed by eight points at halftime and quickly fell into a 17-point second-half hole. At one point, the Wolverines were able to cut the lead to six, largely on the strength of fiery play by Derrick Walton Jr., who finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals, but they couldn't get any closer.
With the loss, Michigan's hopes for the NCAA tournament remain in doubt.
Purdue will face the winner of Michigan State-Maryland in the championship game Sunday.