Indiana edges Michigan, wins outright crown

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.

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.

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Here’s the crazy finish to the game:

Victor Oladipo grabs air ball and lays it up:

Yogi Ferrell hesitation move & layup:

Tim Hardaway Jr. block leads to Jordan Morgan dunk:

Michigan honored it seniors prior to the game:

FINAL: Cody Zeller hit the game-winning shot with 14 seconds to go, lifting No. 2 Indiana to the outright Big Ten crown in a 72-71 over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday at Crisler Center. Zeller’s clutch field goal was part of a 25-point performance for the sophomore, and Indiana (26-5) escaped with a dramatic victory. Zeller corralled 10 rebounds and knocked down 10-of-19 shot attempts, while Oladipo contributed 14 points, hauled in 13 rebounds, and dished out three assists. Trey Burke scored 20 points to pace the Wolverines.

HALFTIME: No. 2 Indiana pulled closer to No. 7 Michigan going into the break thanks to a 14-6 run late in the half and now trails the Wolverines 33-30. Michigan trailed 10-3 when it broke out for a 12-0 run to overtake the Hoosiers and seize a five-point lead. Indiana had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas led all scorers with 10 points in the first 20 minutes, while Glenn Robinson III added seven. Cody Zeller scored nine to pace Indiana, which also received eight points and eight rebounds from Victor Oladipo.

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Reality check on 3/10/2013 @ 5:18pm EDT Said:

Clearly the best two teams in the league. These two are elite all else are pretenders

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 5:34pm EDT Said:

The best teams in the league don’t lose to PSU ! LOL ! It’s OK Mark, we know it’s you

Reality check on 3/10/2013 @ 6:27pm EDT Said:

Doug, you are bad luck I don’t understand what just happened here????

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 6:30pm EDT Said:

Good riddance Michigan, enjoy 5th place after that 16-0 start LOL !!!!

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 6:38pm EDT Said:

Michigan loses on senior night 2 years in a row ouch !

Ken Gephart on 3/10/2013 @ 6:44pm EDT Said:

best finish in a big ten game in years…..just awesome

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 6:54pm EDT Said:

Reality, Michigan went from tied to first to 5th, that’s what happened!

JoeW on 3/10/2013 @ 6:58pm EDT Said:

Clearly…UM is fifth best..elite please. No road wins against top 5 in conf. No defense + missed free throws at clutch time = no title and no bye in b10 tourney.

Gene on 3/10/2013 @ 7:01pm EDT Said:

Long season, freshman, last six games saw more fouls called against them than the first 24, all things considered not a bad season at all! The next two tournaments are what matter anyway!!!

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 7:24pm EDT Said:

Started 16-0 and end up finishing 6th? I don’t think it’s considered a good season Gene !

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 7:26pm EDT Said:

Oh nevermind, 5th ! Still to not finish in the top 4 after such a start to the season, and knowing Burke is leaving after this year, gotta be depressing !

Reality check on 3/10/2013 @ 8:40pm EDT Said:

You just made me snap a pencil in half, your comments send me into a rage

Dirk Dieters on 3/10/2013 @ 8:52pm EDT Said:

Sooner or later BTN has got to give it up–Michigan finished middle of the pack in basketball and football–let’s talk about winners!

Doug on 3/10/2013 @ 11:10pm EDT Said:

come on Mark, you bring it on yourself, saying Michigan is one of the best teams in the league, please !

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