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Key moment: Penn State called timeout with 11:49 left in the game and trailing 54-47. It called another time out with 10:23 remaining. Only this time, the Nittany Lions trailed, 61-47, thanks to a pair of Jon Horford free throws, a Tim Hardaway, Jr., free throw, a Glenn Robinson III layup and a Horford jumper. And just like that—crash, bang, wallop–the game was essentially over at that point.
Key player: Trey Burke was, well, Trey Burke. He tallied a game-high 21 points, hitting 7-of-15 shots (3-of-5 from 3-point land) along with three assists, three blocks and two boards.
Key number: Michigan was careful with the ball, committing a scant four turnovers. That was a big reason why the Nittany Lions had only three points on fastbreaks and just two points off turnovers.
What’s next: The Wolverines will play Wisconsin in the second round on Friday. The teams played once this year—and it was a doozy. The Badgers took a 65-62 decision in overtime in Madison. But the game almost didn’t reach the extra stanza, as Wisconsin’s Ben Brust had to nail a shot just inside of halfcourt to force overtime.
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