Michigan State lost to Illinois just minutes before the tip-off, making this game a clincher for at least a share of the Big Ten Title.
Michigan proved to be too much for the Golden Gophers Saturday night.
Minnesota got off to a good start, taking a 13-7 lead about ten minutes in. Slow starts have been plaguing the Wolverines lately, and this one was no exception. Michigan struggled shooting, again, to start the game. In fact, Michigan was 3-13 from the court before Jordan Morgan's powerful lay-up-and-one.
Michigan didn't necessarily get hot, but shots started falling and did finish the half on a 24-7 run. Emphasizing that run was a beautiful alley-oop lay in from Nik Stauskas to Glen Robinson III with the first half running out. Michigan climbed to a 31-20 lead at the half.
Minnesota would not go away, making it a two point game with a pair of free throws from Andre Hollins with around 7 minutes to play. They would then cut it to two points again after a three point play by Maurice Walker, making it 54-52. Minnesota would never get closer.
A hustle play offensive rebound by Spike Albrecht on an amazing tip pass to Jordan Morgan sparked the late push to get the victory. Michigan would put the game away after a huge offensive rebound by Jordan Morgan and a subsequent three pointer by Spike Albrecht.
Top performers for the Wolverines where Nik Stauskas with 21 points and 4 assists and Glen Robinson with 12 points with three highlight real worthy alley-oops.
Minnesota guard Austin Hollins had a team high 16 points for the Golden Gophers.
The Wolverines have now won at least a share of the Big Ten Title in 2 out of the last three years.
One more victory will clinch an outright Title for the Wolverines.