Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 11, 2016

Friday can be summed up as the ?Buzz-beater and the Three Blowouts.? Purdue (Illinois), Michigan State (Ohio State) and Maryland (Nebraska) all took care of business in impressive fashion. Michigan provided the thrills by knocking off No. 1 seed Indiana with a game-winning shot with 0.2 seconds left.


The final four of the Big Ten basketball tourney is set, with No. 4 Purdue taking on No. 8 Michigan in one semifinal and No. 2 Michigan State battling No. 3 Maryland in the other.

Biggest surprise: Michigan. Who saw the No. 8 Wolverines playing on Saturday? No one. Michigan came to this event needing some big wins to get an NCAA bid. Mission accomplished with the triumph vs. Big Ten champ Indiana. Now, how far can Michigan take its surprise party?

Biggest disappointment: Indiana. The Hoosiers arrived in Nap Town as the No. 1 seed and undisputed Big Ten champ. But they were one-and-down after getting stunned by Michigan. IU still never has won the Big Ten tourney, and it has reached the title game just once. Oh, and the Hoosiers have reached the semis only once since 2007.

Top moment: With the game clock winding down in a tie contest, Derrick Walton dribbled seconds off the clock. The ball quickly found Kameron Chatman in the right corner. And, he didn?t look like he wanted to shoot. But, Chatman let it rip ? and the ball splashed through the net with 0.2 seconds left to give Michigan a 72-69 win. It was just the second hoop of the game for Chatman. Before the game winner, Michigan?s Duncan Robinson tied the game with a 3-pointer from the other corner, which was followed by an IU turnover that set up Michigan with a chance to win.

Top stat line: Maryland?s Jake Layman was on fire coming out of the locker room. He hit his first five shots and first four 3-pointers in tallying 14 first-half points to lead the charge for the Terrapins. Layman finished with 26 points, hitting 6-of-9 from 3-point land with five rebounds.

Top stat: 59.1 percent. That is what Maryland shot from 3-point range in dispatching Nebraska. The Terps hit nine-of-10 in the first half in racing to a 54-37 lead and hit 13-of-22 from beyond the arc for the game.

Top dunk: Indiana?s Thomas Bryant went flying down the lane for a monstrous one-handed slam early in the second half. And Michigan?s Mark Donnal answered with a two-handed flush at the other end in an exciting sequence. The roof nearly came off the arena in that 30-second span.

Did you see this? If you didn?t know it was March yet, you do now. The zaniness continued at the Big Ten tourney after a wild Thursday that saw double-digit seeds Illinois and Nebraska advance. This time, it was Michigan pulling the shocker with a 72-69 win vs. No. 1 seed Indiana. The mob of players that surrounded Kameron Chatman after his game winning shots is what makes March the most beautiful month of the year.


?I knew that we were what coach calls double-eyeballing, and I knew I was going to be in the corner. And so I told myself that I was going to be ready to shoot it. But I didn't think Derrick was going to pass it to me, and he ended up passing it to me. And I hesitated a little bit, but then seeing how much time was on the clock, and then I just let it go. It felt good when it left my hands, so it was pretty good.? – Michigan?s Kameron Chatman on his game-winning shot

?We knew Chatman. He hasn't played a lot, but we knew he's capable of making threes. And he had too open of a look, and it was his moment to hit it. But the Robinson three is the one that hurt us because we just weren't as good in coverage. And we wouldn't have won this championship if we weren't pretty good in our defensive coverages. Like I said, unfortunately, when you're not as great during the game, it over-magnifies the very end.? – Indiana?s Tom Crean after the loss to Michigan

"When I pack it in some day and I just look back at all the great shots I've been a part of, I will remember that one a lot." – Michigan?s John Beilein on Kameron Chatman?s big shot

?We threw everything at them but the kitchen sink trying to make adjustments and alter things during the game. They're playing at a high level. Like I said, I saw that in their last game that they played when they had 91 points there at home. I thought, oh, boy. When they shoot the ball like that from the perimeter and then you have those guys inside, it really puts you in an unbelievable dilemma. And today, obviously, they were the better team, clearly the better team.? – Illinois coach John Groce on Purdue


  • Michigan?s Derrick Walton?s 12 assists set a Big Ten tourney record.
  • Indiana made only four 3s, giving Indiana 316 this season. The Hoosiers need four to break the school record, which was set last season.
  • Yogi Ferrell played in his 134th career game, leaving him one short of Jordan Hulls' school record (135) for games played.
  • John Beilein moved within three wins of tying Bill Frieder (191) for the second most wins in school history.
  • The Wolverines have won only three of their last seven and two of those came against Northwestern.
  • Illinois' 27 victories in Big Ten Tournament competition are second-most in the league … The Illini won this tournament in 2003 and 2005.
  • Including Friday's victory, Purdue will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's semifinals
  • With four three?pointers today, Illinois tied a Big Ten Tournament record with 28 3?point field goals over three tournament games, tying the mark held by four other teams: Wisconsin (2015), Michigan (2014), Ohio State (2010) and Minnesota (2010).
  • Purdue?s 13 treys tied for second?most in a Big Ten Tournament game, trailing only Illinois? 14 against Minnesota two days ago. Purdue has made at least two triples in 98 consecutive games.
  • Purdue is undefeated on weekdays this season, compiling a 16?0 record.
  • The three previous Michigan State teams to enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 2 seed reached the Final Four, something the Spartans have done seven times since 1999. Michigan State (26-5) won the Big Ten tournament in 2000 as the second seed and went on to win Izzo's only national championship. The 2001 and 2005 squads bowed out in the quarterfinal round but turned it on again in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Michigan State has won 11 of its last 12.
  • Ohio State?s string of seven NCAA trips in a row probably is over.
  • Tom Izzo?s buddy Steve Mariucci was on hand.
  • Maryland?s 97 points set a Big Ten single-game mark.
  • Maryland lost four of six coming to Indianapolis. Maryland has lost five of seven and three in a row away from home.
  • Melo Trimble has enjoyed a return to form. The sophomore guard has averaged 18.0 points in his last three games, nearly doubling his 9.8 clip from the previous four.
  • Maryland has won all three meetings in the series by a combined 11 points.
  • The 11th-seeded Cornhuskers are trying to reach a conference tournament semifinal for the first time since 2006 when they were a member of the Big 12.
  • Shavon Shields has been instrumental to the surprising run, scoring 20 points in each of the last two games while totaling 20 rebounds.
  • The Terrapins were the second seed in the conference tournament last year, beating No. 7 Indiana before falling 62-58 to third-seeded Michigan State in the semifinals.
  • The 54 points were the most Maryland scored in a half all season.


WEDNESDAY (all times ET)
G1: No. 12 Illinois 85, No. 13 Minnesota 52 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G2: No. 11 Nebraska 89, No. 14 Rutgers 72 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G3: No. 8 Michigan 72, No. 9 Northwestern 70 (OT) BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G4: No. 12 Illinois 68, No. 5 Iowa 66 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G5: No. 7 Ohio State 79, No. 10 Penn State 75
G6, 9: No. 11 Nebraska 70,  No. 6 Wisconsin 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G7: No. 8 Michigan 72, No. 1 Indiana 69 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G8: No. 4 Purdue 89, No. 12 Illinois 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G9: No. 2 Michigan State 81, No. 7 Ohio State 54
G10: No. 3 Maryland 97, No. 11 Nebraska 86 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G11, 1 p.m.: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 4 Purdue BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES
G12, 3:30 p.m.: No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Maryland
G 13, 3 p.m.: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | DIENHART | VIDEO | SCORES


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