The Michigan basketball team meets Minnesota in a rematch of a classic overtime game played in Minneapolis three weeks ago. Minnesota won that game, 83-78, but a berth in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament final is on the line this time.
Tip-off is at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The Wolverines (22-11) are the No. 8 seed in the tournament, while No. 4 Minnesota (24-8) has earned its highest seeding ever in the 20 year-history of the conference tournament. Michigan beat top-seeded Purdue, 74-70 in overtime, in the quarterfinals on Friday, its second win of the season against the 13th-ranked Boilermakers. Minnesota avenged two regular-season losses against 5-seed Michigan State by beating the Spartans 63-58 in the quarterfinals Friday.
Michigan is in the semifinals for the second straight season and for the third time in four seasons, but aims for a berth in the championship game for the first time since 2014. Minnesota has reached the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2010, when it played in the championship game for the only time in its history before losing to Ohio State. The winner advances to the final Sunday against either No. 2 seed Wisconsin or 6-seed Northwestern.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan vs. Minnesota matchup:
Michigan vs. Minnesota: game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. (ET) tip-off
Date: Saturday, March, 11
Location: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
The line: Michigan is favored by 3.5 points.
Which TV channel station is Michigan vs. Minnesota on?
The game will be broadcast on CBS.
How can I watch Michigan vs. Minnesota online?
CBS will live-stream the game at CBSSports.com, as well as on the CBS Sports app.
How can I listen to Michigan vs. Minnesota on the radio?
Michigan: 950 AM (WWJ Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA Ann Arbor) are the primary stations for the U-M Radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Minnesota: Learfield/1500 ESPN in Minneapolis is the main station for the Golden Gopher Radio Network. You can listen by clicking here.
The game can also be heard via Compass Media on Sirius/XM Channel 84 and Internet Channel 84.
Who is calling the Michigan vs. Minnesota game?
CBS: Jim Nantz does play-by-play with analysts Bill Raftery and Grant Hill, and reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Michigan radio: Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills.
Minnesota radio: Mike Grimm does play-by-play with analyst Spencer Tollackson.
Compass Media (national radio): Drew Bontadelli does play-by-play with analyst Mike Wozniak.
Three keys to the Michigan vs. Minnesota game
Defense vs. Offense
Minnesota enters the game with the best field-goal percentage defense and the best 3-point field goal percentage defense in the Big Ten. Michigan is third in the conference in field-goal-percentage shooting and has made more 3-pointers than any other team in the league. Which one wins out?
Michigan shot 50 percent in the game at Williams Arena but was 9 of 26 from behind the arc (34.6 percent), which is under its season percentage of 38.1. The Wolverines are also just 15 of 50 (30 percent) on 3-pointers in two games in this tournament but use the perimeter game to set up their offense.
Minnesota’s interior game is its strength, led by forward Jordan Murphy and center Reggie Lynch. The Gophers out-rebounded Michigan, 44-31, in that regular-season overtime game. The game also featured 45 fouls called — 28 against the Wolverines. Minnesota attempted 41 free throws to just 18 for Michigan, and outscored the Michigan 28-9 from the line. Somehow, Minnesota’s defensive pressure extended to the foul line.
Derrick Walton Jr. vs. Nate Mason
The two point guards are the hearts of their teams. Mason was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after leading Minnesota in scoring (15.3 ppg), assists (5.1) and steals (1.3). Walton as named second-team but arguably should have been on the first team. He struggled with his shot against Purdue (3 for 10 FGs, 1 for 5 on 3s), but even when that happens he’s capable of producing as a rebounder and assist-maker.
The winner of this matchup gives his team a distinct advantage.
How does Minnesota cope without Akeem Springs?
Springs is the best 3-point shooter for Minnesota but he suffered an Achilles tendon injury late against Michigan State, and confirmed Friday night that he is out for the remainder of the season. That takes away a legitimate scoring option from the Gophers and forces them to find the 9.6 points-per-game Springs has provided elsewhere.