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Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.
The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five points in the last minute but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line. Jordan Morgan had a fairly easy tip-in attempt of Burke's miss that cut have won it for Michigan, but the ball rolled tantalizingly off the rim and Indiana's Christian Watford grabbed the rebound with 4 seconds left.
A couple of Michigan's rivals surely wish the Wolverines had won.
Ohio State, which beat Illinois on Sunday, needed an Indiana loss to earn a share of the conference championship. Michigan State was in the same position before hosting Northwestern later in the day.
Morgan made a tiebreaking putback with 1:35 left, teammate Tim Hardaway followed with a layup on the Wolverines' next possession and Glen Robinson III made the first of two free throws with 52 seconds to go, giving the Wolverines a 71-66 lead.
After Zeller made a shot on the ensuing possession, Hardaway missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Zeller then connected on two free throws and Burke couldn't convert at the line, missing the front end of another haunting 1-and-1.
Zeller hit another big shot down low, the one that counted most in a game Indiana might have needed to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Hoosiers will be the top-seeded team at this week's Big Ten tournament in Chicago.
Burke and Indiana's Victor Oladipo, both of whom are Big Ten and national player of the year candidates, struggled to make shots all game at Crisler Center.
Zeller, meanwhile, made sure no one forgot about him.
The 7-foot sophomore center altered Burke's shot in the lane and was ready to celebrate when Morgan's tip attempt rolled off.
Fittingly, the Big Ten title didn't come easy for the Hoosiers.
Zeller scored 25 points and pulled down rebounds. Oladipo had 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 13 rebounds. Will Sheehey scored 10 points, six of which came on key 3-pointers.
Burke scored 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Robinson had 13 points, Nik Stauskas scored 12 and Hardaway had 11. The Wolverines 7 of 13 at the line.
Indiana, looking as though it didn't want to give any other team a piece of the Big Ten championship, got off to a strong start and led 10-3 when Yogi Ferrell's field goal followed a pair of 3-pointers from Jordan Hulls.
The Wolverines took control in the first half with a 12-0 run, but faded toward halftime and led 33-30 after 20 minutes.
Michigan led by as many as 11, matching the biggest lead any team has had against the Hoosiers, and looked as though it was going to be on the winning end of a closely contested game until it simply could not make key free throws or stop Zeller.
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The just completed Big Ten regular season might go down as the best in conference history. Along those same lines, the Big Ten Tournament promises to be an elite event from top to bottom. Stuff all 12 participants into a single NCAA tournament region and it would be one of the most intriguing brackets in recent memory. The conference is loaded. Nobody is safe.
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YES! YES! YES!
In a complete basketball haze, and not knowing what else to say, that one word over and over again is all I could muster in the immediate aftermath of Indiana’s improbable late game comeback win today over Michigan.
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It was a strange...
Tom Crean, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo met with the media Saturday afternoon to preview Indiana’s game on Sunday with Michigan at Crisler Arena.
Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media players below, via IUAthletics on YouTube:
Indiana wrapped up the regular season on Sunday afternoon with a come-from-behind 72-71 thriller over Michigan at the Crisler Center. The victory gave the Hoosiers an outright Big Ten championship for the first time since 1993.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s win over the Wolverines:
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Technically, that's true.
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Zeller came into this season...
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Current Indiana Director of Basketball Operations...
Thanks to our friends at Inside the Hall for passing along this post game footage of Tom Crean, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls after Indiana’s win in Ann Arbor.
Oladipo, Zeller and Hulls after the jump.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Seven Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls, Remy Abell, Christian Watford, Will Sheehey and Jeremy Hollowell — met with the media following Indiana’s 72-71 over Michigan on Sunday at the Crisler Center.
Watch and listen to their postgame reaction in the embedded media players below:
The Hoosiers will have one of the top frontcourts in the country. Leading the way for the Hoosiers will be forward super sophomore Cody Zeller (15. 6 ppg). He is the favorite in everyone’s previews to win National Player of the Year. Besides averaging the points Zeller also averaged 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks. Zeller can score in the post but...
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