While the Michigan Wolverines basketball team was flying home from their 4th straight road win against Penn State, their two arch rivals were locked in a bitter battle for Big 10 supremacy. With an Ohio State win, Michigan would claim part of a 3-way tie for the Big 10 championship, their first such title since 1986.
A brutally physical battle between the Buckeyes and Spartans eventually ended with a 72-70 win by Ohio State and Michigan will get to hang a banner once more. A dagger at the top of the key by OSU’s William Buford with 1.0 seconds left gave the Buckeyes the win in dramatic fashion. Fists in Ann Arbor were pumping at a successful outcome for the Buckeyes for the first time since……well, ever.
Michigan will share the award with Ohio State and Michigan State and turn their attention toward Indianapolis where this deadlock is sure to be settled on the court.
John Beilein’s team went an impressive 23-8, 13-5 during the season and will head into the Big 10 tournament with a first round bye and a likely 3 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Behind the sensational freshman season put in by Trey Burke and the unwavering leadership offered by Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, this team has officially achieved one of its biggest preseason goals. It literally couldn’t happen to a better group of players and coaches.
Tread lightly America; this Michigan group will be as dangerous as any team come tournament time. Nobody will want to get matched up opposite of these Wolverines.
Things are about to get really fun and the hard work of this team cannot go unnoticed. To come through the best conference in America and end up at the top of the pile is quite an accomplishment.
If you needed any concrete evidence that Michigan was paying attention to this one, check the Twitter updates down the stretch:
I’ve never refreshed my phone so many times
And then there were these after the game:
AHHHHHHHHHH!!! BIG TEN CHAMPS