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2/24 Big Ten Recap: Michigan finishes the year scorching hot

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

As we get into the final weekend of the Big Ten regular season, we had a very light slate of Saturday games. Michigan traveled to Maryland as both teams finish up their seasons and the Wolverines supporting an impressive four game win streak and still fighting with Nebraska for the final double bye next week in the Big Ten Tournament. Let’s see how this game turned out.

Game of the Night:

Michigan Wolverines 85, Maryland Terrapins 61

At the beginning of the season, this would be an intriguing match up for the final game of the year. Unfortunately for Maryland, the season has not gone quite the way they envisioned and they were never competitive in this season finale. They went down 34-18 with 7:44 left in the first half and never got back in this one. The deficit was 54-24 at the half and the closest they got in the second half was 20.

Leading the way for Michigan was Muhammad-Ali-Abdur-Rahkman who put up a season high 28 points and shot 10-for-21 on the day. He also added eight rebounds. The rest of the Wolverines in double figures were Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson, who had 12, 11 and 10 on the day respectively. Michigan now has won five straight and seven of their last eight, including wins over Ohio State and Penn State. The Wolverines shot the ball very well today, as they were 29-for-57 from the field and 15-for-31 from deep. They have had their struggles shooting free throws this year but today they were 12-for-16 and looked much more comfortable then they have in past games.

Unlike Michigan, Maryland did not shoot the ball very well. On the day, they were just 21-for-55 from the field and 3-for-18 from behind the line. They did out rebound Michigan 35-31 but they trailed them in assists 18-10. For the Terrapins, Anthony Cowan led the way with 17 points and eight assists. Cowan was only 4-for-8 from the floor, but he was 8-for-9 from the free throw line and picked up half of his points there. The only other Terrapins in double figures were Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando, who had 12 a piece. However, Huerter could not get his shot to fall as he was just 5-for-14 and 1-for-5 from deep. He shoots the three at 43 percent on the year so this was unusual from him. Darryl Morsell led all rebounders with nine.

Since both of these teams have now completed the regular season, they can turn their attention to the Big Ten Tournament next week. For Michigan, they will be the four seed and clinch the double bye with a Nebraska loss to Penn State Sunday. If Nebraska beats Penn State, Michigan will be the five seed and play Thursday against the 12 vs 13 winner. For Maryland, they have cliched the eight seed in the tournament and will play Thursday against the nine seed, Wisconsin. If they win that they will play Friday against the one seed.