Michigan (5) takes care of the Iowa Hawkeyes (12) in the Big Ten Tournament by a score of 77-71 in OT.
Iowa beat Illinois yesterday 96-87 for the right to take on the No. 5 seeded Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan foul trouble
MAAR got into foul trouble in the first half – was forced to sit out the final 7:50 of the first half with 2 fouls. His absence was palpable. Wagner got in foul trouble and missed a large chunk of the 2nd half too. Without the two leaders the offense looked really unorganized, and Charles Matthews was forced to attempt to create for himself.
When the second half started with MAAR and Moe Wagner back in the lineup, the Wolverines promptly went on an 11-0 run. Part of that run was Wagner spinning baseline and getting an and-1:
Wagner fouled out in regulation and MAAR fouled out in overtime. Jon Teske really stepped up in Wagner’s absence.
Struggles from the outside
Other than?3 free throws that Isaiah Livers knocked down after being fouled while shooting a 3-ball, Michigan got no contribution from their?outside game?in the first half.
The Wolverines had 35 points at half. 26 of those points were in the paint, and the other 9 were from free throws.
Michigan’s first and second?made 3-point shots came around 9 minutes left in the second half on back-to-back jumpers by Duncan Robinson. Those were the only shots from beyond the arc that the Wolverines made in regulation. Robinson hit one more in overtime to bring the percentage up to 15.8 percent.
Player of the Game – Zavier Simpson
With Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Moe Wagner in foul trouble for the majority of the game, Zavier had a lot of the burden of creating put onto him. He had a handful of impressive passes that lead to easy buckets, including a bullet pass to an open Duncan Robinson and this pass to a dunk for Isaiah Livers:
Simpson held opposing point guard Jordan Bohannon to 11 points on 3 of 14 shooting.
He ended the game with a stat line of 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Here is a link to the full box score.
The next round will feature Michigan facing off against Nebraska tomorrow at around 2:30 EST.