What a ride Michigan Basketball is taking everyone on.
The Wolverines stood tall again at the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon, shocking the No. 1 seed Purdue Boilermakers by a score of 74-70 in overtime and advancing to Saturday’s semi-final.
Michigan was led by a Herculean effort from D.J. Wilson, who scored 26 points and blocked Purdue’s game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer in regulation. He also added eight rebounds.
Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin played two of their weakest games on the stat sheet in awhile, but combined for 25 points in the contest and made key plays down the stretch and in overtime.
With the win over Purdue, the Wolverines have knocked off the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament two seasons in a row and continue to surprise everyone, especially after the plane crash earlier this week that delayed their travel plans.
At times in this game, the Wolverines looked gassed and as if everything had caught up to them, but they were able to play through it and advance to the next round, presumably helping to improve their seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
Next up for Michigan is the winner of the quarterfinal showdown between Minnesota and Michigan State. That game will tipoff at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon from the Verizon Center.