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Career Day For Derrick Walton Jr. Helps Michigan Advance To Big Ten Tournament Final

Derrick Walton Jr. with a career high 29 points leads Michigan to the Big Ten Championship.

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It's crazy to think this team was at one point looking at a 14-9 record earlier in the season and now playing for the Big Ten Championship.

Michigan fans need to soak it all up and enjoy Derrick Walton Jr. while they can in the remaining games left, too. He has stepped up the true leader of this team and has proven what he can do late in the season when it really counts.

His career high 29 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds helped the Wolverines in a 84-77 win over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament semifinal matchup.

This amazing performance follows a solid day yesterday in the 74-70 overtime win Purdue with 12 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Thursday’s win against Illinois followed their quick flight to Washington D.C. wearing practice jerseys, but this change of plans after Wednesday's plane crash didn't stop him. He put together a game with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

Walton Jr. has averaged 20 points and 4.33 assists/rebounds over the last three games.

This team is hot and on one heck of a run right now, just what you want to see in March leading up to the NCAA tournament.

The Wolverines will now play the winner of the Northwestern vs. Wisconsin game in the Big Ten Final on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.