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Michigan Misses Out On Share Of Big Ten Title Losing To Indiana 72-71

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Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to get a shot off around the defense of Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Crisler Center on March 10, 2013. (Getty Images/Gregory Shamus)

Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to get a shot off around the defense of Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Crisler Center on March 10, 2013. (Getty Images/Gregory Shamus)

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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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