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Michigan beats Purdue, win second straight Big Ten tournament title

The Wolverines come into the straightaway with a nine-win streak, boosting their chances for a favorable 2-seed in the NCAA tournament.


Kahron Spearman


The Michigan Wolverines (28-7, 13-5) won four games in four days in Madison Square Garden and captured their second consecutive Big 10 tournament championship. They defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 75-66.

The tournament's most valuable player, Moritz Wagner had 17 points, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 15 points for the surging Wolverines.

Isaac Haas led Purdue with 23 points. However, Purdue's top-two scorers, Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards, combined for just 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting, per ESPN Stats & Info.

(Edwards) had a couple of drives that didn't go down for him, and he had a couple of 3s where he could never get back-to-back pullups or back-to-back pull-up 3s to get into that rhythm.

Michigan has the week off to get healthy before learning of its official NCAA tournament seed next Sunday. The Wolverines accumulated their seventh 'Quadrant 1' win of the season against Purdue (28-6, 15-3) reports the Detroit Free Press. 

A quadrant 1 win is a home win over a team with a 1-30 RPI; a win on a neutral court over a team with a 1-50 RPI; or an away win over a team with an RPI 1-75.

Michigan enters the homestretch of NCAA Tournament seeding process on a nine-game winning streak, for which they will likely be rewarded. They've already been bump all the way up to No.7 in the AP poll.

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