The eighth seeded Wolverines faced the number one seeded Hoosiers Friday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. After an overtime win over Northwestern in the first round, Michigan upset Indiana in a stunning fashion. This win will likely grant U-M a bid into the NCAA Tournament. Michigan will play Purdue in the semi-finals of the B1G Tourney Saturday.
Michigan started off working the ball well, allowing Duncan Robinson to get a backdoor cut to take a 6-2 lead. Shortly after, Indiana took their first lead of the game, 11-10 off a steal that lead to a transition score. Junior Mark Donnal stepped up scoring six early points. Both teams entered a cold stretch, Indiana shooting 2 for 8, Michigan 1 for 10. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman ended the streak hitting a triple giving Michigan a 26-22 lead with 5 minutes remaining. A three by Nick Zeisloft gave IU a one point lead going into halftime.
Indiana opened the half dominating the boards. Max Bielfeldt hit a big three after a Donnal dunk that gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the game 49-44 at 15:20. Michigan fell behind late in the half after a Donnal turnover that added to Indiana’s lead. Duncan Robinson answered with a drive to the hoop that resulted in a three point play after a foul, cutting the Wolverine’s deficit to two points. Ferrell answered, but a Duncan Robinson three from the corner tied the game with 46 seconds left. Indiana turned the ball over, giving Michigan the ball with 15 seconds left. Walton hit Kam Chatman in the corner for a three, and Chatman nailed the shot as time expired. Irvin finished with 17 points, Abdur-Rahkman 15, and Duncan Robinson had 12.