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Top 5 Michigan March Madness Moments: Number 4

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The Big Ten Tournament had some great moments for Michigan basketball, including this one.

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Purdue vs Michigan Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I started off my top five list of best moment’s in the postseason for Michigan basketball yesterday. #5 was Davis and Baird’s piling on of Texas A&M.

What’s #4? Well...

Where were you when Jon Teske killed Purdue?

For the second straight year, Michigan is your Big Ten Tournament Champion. For the second straight year, the Wolverines’ miraculous four-day run through the tournament included avenging earlier losses to the Boilermakers.

While the final score only showed a nine-point margin, Purdue never really threatened, and this dunk by Teske over Isaac Haas put the final nail in the coffin.

I was trying to think of an image or play that captured the essence of this game, and it might actually be Zavier Simpson’s reaction to this poster (I don’t even know what to call this move, but it is hilarious).

Simpson was the star of the tournament, if not statistically, because of his other-worldly defense. Michigan has been a great defensive team, and a lot of that has to do with Simpson’s ability to terrorize other point guards and not allow them to take over. Case in point: Z’s handling of Carsen Edwards in this game.

Teske’s slam on Haas brought Madison Square Garden to its feet and cemented Michigan as a force to be reckoned with in the tournament. The 7-footer has played his butt off the last couple weeks, providing physicality and toughness inside to a team that has really lacked a similar force over the years. He’s a fantastic backup center, and don’t be surprised if he makes another key play or two as Michigan looks to wrap this run up.