Even with new uniforms, the Michigan basketball team continued its winning ways
The eighth-seeded Wolverines — back in their standard blue road uniforms that arrived Thursday morning — upset No. 1 seed Purdue 74-70 in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal Friday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
D.J. Wilson blocked Carsen Edwards’ 3-point attempt as time expired in regulation, and in overtime Purdue mustered only one point until Ryan Cline’s 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left.
Michigan (22-11) and Purdue (25-7) traded the lead eight times in the first 10 minutes, and Purdue guard Carsen Edwards helped spark a 8-0 Purdue run with less than nine minutes left in the first half to help the Boilermakers to a 32-23 lead.
Near the end of the half, Michigan guard D.J. Wilson scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help Michigan to a 15-2 run in a stretch of about four minutes. But when it appeared Michigan was going to go to the break in control, Purdue guard P.J. Thompson drained a half-court 3-pointer just before the buzzer, which cut Michigan’s lead to 38-37.
It looked good all the way.
And it was.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 10, 2017
Michigan and Purdue traded leads four times in the first 2:13 of the second half, but after Zak Irvin’s tied the game at 45-45 at 15:34, neither team could sink a shot until Edwards’ 3-pointer at 13:41, which gave the Boilermakers a 48-45 lead.
The quarterfinal grew more physical in the second half and was tied at 61-61 with 2:32 left. Zak Irvin’s layup tied the game at 66-66 with 3.4 seconds left, but officials added .8 seconds onto the clock after deeming that the clock had not stopped after the ball went through the net.
Why it happened
Nobody could pull away in this game. Michigan and Purdue traded the lead 18 times and were tied 14 times. Irvin’s layup late in the second half forced overtime, and Purdue shot poorly in overtime, scoring just four points.
What it means
Michigan continues its season and advances to a Big Ten Tournament semifinal, and strengthens its resume for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Michigan’s D.J. Wilson scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half. Purdue’s Isaac Haas established a presence in the paint and scored 17 points, while Carsen Edwards added 17 points before fouling out in overtime.
Michigan’s Moritz Wagner established a physical presence, but finished with only five points.
Despite scoring 17 points, Edwards got into foul trouble in the second half and fouled out in overtime, and his absence at the perimeter was noticeable. Caleb Swanigan, while notching his 26th double-double of the season (13 points, 13 rebounds), made some mistakes in the second half for the Boilermakers.
Who was there
Pat Riley, the Miami Heat president and legendary Los Angeles Lakers coach, was in the stands.
Michigan will face either Minnesota or Michigan State at 1 p.m. ET Saturday.