The Michigan Wolverines beat the Ohio State Buckeyes, 72-69, in the first of two Big Ten college basketball tournament semifinals on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The victory advanced the Wolverines into the championship game of the postseason event on Sunday, when it will face the winner of the Michigan State-Wisconsin matchup in the other semifinal, which as of this writing had not been decided.
As was true in its quarterfinal win over Illinois on Friday, Michigan built a double-digit second half lead, only to see its opponent erase the deficit and go ahead. In this case, Ohio State fought back from 12 points down and took the lead, 61-60, with less than eight minutes remaining. Even so, guards Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas hit key shots down the stretch to help the Maize and Blue -- now 25-7 overall this season -- regain momentum, and Glenn Robinson III's two free throws with 2:55 left put his squad back on top for good.
Stauskas once again led U-M in scoring with 18 points, while LeVert had 17 and Robinson III had 11. OSU's LaQuniton Ross led all scorers with 19 points.
Learn more about the game in a detailed recap on Michigan's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. CBS will televise the Big Ten tournament championship game between U-M and either Michigan State or Wisconsin on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EDT.