Indiana rallies by Michigan to win Big Ten
by Terry Hutchens, USA TODAY Sports
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There were no heroics by Trey Burke this time.
This time, all the heroes belonged to Indiana.
Cody Zeller scored six points in the final 39.6 seconds, including the go-ahead basket with 13.8 seconds to play, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan at Crisler Center.
On Michigan’s final possession, trailing by the eventual final score and with no timeouts remaining, Burke drove and missed a shot. Jordan Morgan attempted a tip-in and the ball hung on the rim before falling out. IU got the rebound and the victory.
Indiana (26-5, 14-4 Big Ten) captured its first outright Big Ten championship since 1993. Michigan (25-6, 12-6) not only didn’t get a share of the Big Ten title but the Wolverines slipped to the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will have to play on Thursday next week.
Zeller had a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Oladipo had 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Indiana trailed 71-66 with 52 seconds remaining after Glenn Robinson III made one of two free throws.
Zeller followed his own miss with a basket with 39.6 seconds to play, cutting the lead to 71-68.
Then Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a one-and-one free. At the other end, IU got the ball to Zeller, who was fouled and hit two free throws with 29.3 seconds. IU trailed 71-70.
Indiana fouled Burke quickly. He missed a one-and-one with 27.9 seconds to play. IU got the ball to Zeller, who scored inside with 13.8 remaining.
Burke led Michigan with 20 points.
Terry Hutchens also writes for the Indianapolis Star, a Gannett property.
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