ANN ARBOR (97.1 THE TICKET) – Trey Burke missed a jump shot with three seconds left on the clock and the Michigan Wolverines fall to the Indiana Hoosiers 72-71 missing out on a share of the Big Ten title on Sunday afternoon.
As heard on the Michigan Flagship Station WWJ Newsradio 950 – Burke missed the last second shot and Jordan Morgan missed sinking the follow-up tip in tap – as the ball rolled around the rim for what seemed liked minutes.
The Hooseirs win gave No. 2 Indiana their first outright Big Ten title in 20 years.
The loss for Michigan not only dashed a share of the Big Ten title but also broke their unbeaten streak at home this season.
Michigan (25-6, 12-6) led Indiana (26-5, 14-4) by five points with a minute to play but couldn’t sink a free-throw to help themselves extend the lead and the Hoosiers took advantage.
Cody Zeller made a critical layup with 13 seconds left and then went on the defense interrupting Burke’s shot on the other end.
Trey Burke scored a team high 20 points for the Wolverines and Zeller had a double/double scoring 25 points and put in 1o rebounds for the Hoosiers.
“We have other goals in mind that we can still have to go after,” said Burke, who was 7-of-20 shooting. “And that’s how we have to look at it – try and learn.”
Michigan coach John Beilein later defended the team’s effort insisting that the game wasn’t lost on the free throw line.
Two other teams could have benefited from a Michigan victory; Ohio State won their contest against Illinois on Sunday and an Indiana loss would have given OSU a share of the conference championship. And intrastate rival Michigan State could have shared in the title with a win over Northwestern had Michigan won Sunday.
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