Michigan Basketball: Can Abdur-Rahkman go on a run like Derrick Walton?

Michigan Basketball: Can Abdur-Rahkman go on a run like Derrick Walton?

Third-seeded MI ended the regular season on a run of 10-3-1, and both Penn State and Minnesota will approach the NCAA selection show with winning records.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 21 points and Moe Wagner had 20 in Michigan's 77-58 win over Nebraska.

Michigan was just too balanced and quick for Michigan State. Michigan and Michigan State arm-wrestled between timely 3-pointers and fruitful drives - a stark contrast from the previous, lackluster 20 minutes. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 and Cassius Winston had 11, but they only crossed into double figures with the MI band revving the Maize and Blue faithful at Madison Square Garden with yet another version of "Hail To The Victors".

"Our mood is we're really mad, but like I said, we're not going to let it affect us in the future", Bridges said.This was a rivalry game that both teams wanted and it showed in the opening minutes. There were two scrums after hard fouls, a technical foul was called against the Spartans' forward Nick Ward and referee Gene Steratore - yeah, the guy who led the officiating crew at the Super Bowl - lectured both Tom Izzo of Michigan State and John Beilein of Michigan after the nonsense.

"I think it just opens up the floor", Mathias said.

Abdur Rahkman talked about the energy the crowd provided. Many cleared out after Michigan beat Michigan State in Game One. Michigan is simply better than Michigan State. It's win or go home for the year, " MSU senior defenseman and assistant captain Carson Gatt said. Penn State swept a best-of-three series against Minnesota, Michigan won a pair of tight games vs. Wisconsin, and Ohio State needed an overtime win to finish of its sweep of Michigan State.

That wasn't established in Saturday's 75-64 win over Michigan State that propelled the Wolverines to Sunday's Big Ten Tournament championship game.

Michigan: Play in the title game against the victor of the game between third-seeded Purdue and seventh-seeded Penn State. Ethan Happ had 22 to lead all scorers.

Notre Dame, the Big Ten's regular-season champion, earned a first-round bye. So that's one of the reasons why we were so excited to come play here.

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ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (29-3): The Spartans placed one player on the all-conference team (Miles Bridges) and two more on the third team (Jaren Jackson Jr. and Cassius Winston), but it was junior reserve Matt McQuaid's 3-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes remaining Friday that proved to be the difference.

"He weighs 300 pounds and on a good day I'm pushing 240", said Miller, who had a great game finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Edwards made back-to-back 3s to make it 74-56 with 3:41 left and Purdue was on its way to play for a title.

On the season, Purdue basketball averages 81.6 points, 34.9 rebounds and 17.0 assists per game.

With Carr struggling, Penn State could not keep up. The sophomore faced an array of defenders, including Vincent Edwards, Nojel Eastern and P.J. Thompson. - Through the fanfare, the cavernous Madison Square Garden and cascading spotlights, Duncan Robinson knew he didn't have to say goodbye to it all.

MI did all the things Tom Izzo teams made famous in March to a Tom Izzo team in March - snapping Sparty's 13-game winning streak and reaching the Big Ten tourney championship game for a second straight season. With four senior starters, Purdue does most everything well, except rebound. The Boilermakers defeated Rutgers and Penn State to reach the final after getting a double bye to start the tournament as the field's No. 3 seed.

Shep Garner was one of the few bright spots for Penn State in defeat.

MI trailed 29-26 at the half, but used a 10-2 burst to open the second half and take a 36-31 lead it never lost. The Wolverines and Boilermakers dueled twice this year, twice producing stellar games and twice producing Purdue wins.

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