Game 4: Michigan Wolverines outlast Iowa, 77-71, in overtime


The Big Ten brought its basketball tournament to NY for the first time this season, allowing Rutgers to be the home team of sorts.

"He gave me some good ideas and some good thoughts from when [Butler was] in the Horizon League and the tournament was around this time of year, and what they did in preparation", Holtmann said.

The Big Ten opened a five-day run at the "Mecca of Basketball" with Jordan Bohannon leading Iowa past IL 96-87 on Wednesday night. The supremely talented Spartans have won 12 in a row and could earn a No. 1 NCAA seed if they add the tournament title to the regular-season crown they won in Madison on Sunday. "U!" chants from the Scarlet Knight contingent - that is not the case. Last time out against IU, Rutgers couldn't quite shut the Hoosiers down and allowed 65 points in a loss.

Purdue finished a game short.

It's clear that Penn State has gotten under the skin of some of Minnesota's top players easily.

Michigan, however, was able to overcome their poor three-point shooting and quickly went on an 11-0 run in the opening three minutes of the second half to take a 46-40 lead. The first-ever Big Ten game in the Big Apple was a big-time shootout.

The Knights stuck to what they know and do best, even against far and away the best rebounder in the conference in Jordan Murphy. He had four offensive rebounds Wednesday and will be looking for more of the same against the Hoosiers. The 6-foot-11 forward is shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Brunson is averaging 19.1 points and 4.8 assists per game, and he is connecting on 52.6 percent of his shots from the field. Iowa had a few shots to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the final minute, but it came up short time and again vs. a MI team that had Moe Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman on the bench fouled out. On Wednesday, just nine of Rutgers' 56 shot attempts came from behind the arc. After scoring 36 consecutive points, Rutgers led 42-34.

That may not seem like much, but Tillman is beginning to grow as a solid role player and once his conditioning is where Izzo wants it, he could be a 15-20 minute contributor. Like Omoruyi, Williams also missed the game against IU this season, so it'll be his first matchup of the year against the Hoosiers. What isn't a long shot is IN beating a Rutgers team that went 3-15 IN Big Ten play and lost IN its sole meeting with the Hoosiers. This is the first AP All-Big Ten first accolade for Carr, who was named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the leagues' coaches and media on February 26. Maryland beat Wisconsin 68-63 earlier in the year. "The only game we played good defense and lost was Northwestern".

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Here are a few things you can expect to see this week in NY. There is some talk among coaches that getting rid of that requirement for high-school players - while working hand-in-hand with the National Basketball Association - would give players a new choice.

Attendance will likely pick up as the tournament progresses, but playing the Big Ten tournament in NY is like the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode about "foisting".

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