Illini feels power of Hawkeyes in Big Ten tourney

Hannah Rogers
March 3, 2018

No. 3 seed Michigan will host No. 6 seed Wisconsin while No. 7 seed Michigan State plays at No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 5 seed Minnesota travels to No. 4 seed Penn State.

He finished 3 for 14 for 11 points against MI, but his late 3 was the biggest shot of the game for the Hawkeyes.

MI was the best story in the nation after the near-tragedy, as John Beilein led his team to four wins in four days, including wins over fellow NCAA Tournament teams in Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.

The 24 wins are the most by a first-year coach in program history, and the 15 league wins are the Buckeyes' most since 2011.

The Fighting Illini trimmed the Iowa lead to 38-36 90 seconds into the second half before Iowa used a 14-4 run to push its lead to 52-40 with 16:27 left.

Iowa: On to next season for the Hawkeyes. He scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting Thursday after scoring 15 last week against Minnesota and making some big non-scoring contributions Wednesday against IL.

Nebraska is 3-6 in the Big Ten Tournament, reaching the quarterfinals in 2014, 2016 and this season. Facing one of the Big Ten's best 3-point shooting teams, they played some of their best 3-point defense of the season. But Michigan's Duncan Robinson answered with a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a 72-70 lead with 2:17 remaining.

The Spartans' KHL line - sophomore Patrick Khodorenko (11 goals, 29 points), Hirose and Lewandowski - has 102 points.

For the rest of the half, MI nursed a moderate lead, struggling to put the game away for good.

With all three out, guard Jordan Bohannon led Iowa to a late-half charge. Teams don't have to respect Simpson on offense like they did Walton. "So that's really all that matters at this point". MI beat Wisconsin past year in the finals. Still, they have the pieces to do some damage in the conference tournament.

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Maryland had been the better team all season. So we have a pretty good feel of playing their personnel and their team.

For the first time ever, the Big Ten is holding its conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in NY.

The Big Ten planted its flag in NY five years ago when Rutgers was added along with Maryland.

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.

In doing so, MI basketball could also improve its standing in the NCAA Tournament.

The trend began in 2012, when MI won the Preseason NIT with wins over Pittsburgh and Kansas State at the Garden. A serious run in NY would change that.

But Michigan was able to close it out this time as Robinson made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left and Matthews added another with 0.9 seconds to seal it. The Wolverines' stifling defense kept the Huskers - who were hoping to pad their NCAA Tournament resume - off-balanced throughout the game.

Sanders also grabbed seven rebounds and was among four players with at least seven boards as Rutgers controlled the glass by a commanding 48-28 margin. The Nittany Lions could do themselves a huge favor with a victory.

"I look at it more as an opportunity". MI hit 11 of its 22 attempts from beyond the arc. Brad won't play as well, Ethan won't play as bad and that'll probably even out. Forcing the Hawkeyes into 18 turnovers while boasting sound ball security and coughing the ball up just eight times was countered with Iowa shooting 41 free throws and making 34 of them. The duo - the team's two leading scorers - combined for just 38 minutes on the day. Hunter and Lewis were there for multiple Big East Tournaments, while Molinari helped the Blue Devils earn NIT runners-up as an assistant in 1983. As long as it takes care of business against Iowa, Michigan will likely be awarded a seed in the 5-7 range.

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