Michigan prevails in Big Ten tournament; Ohio State next

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles the ball during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) R:MerlinGetty_Photos141026472.jpg

After No. 10 Michigan struggled in the first half Friday and was nearly eliminated from Big Ten tournament play in the second half, freshman guard Trey Burke took matters into his own hands.

Burke scored seven of his career-high 30 points in overtime, including the last three-pointer in a late flurry of long-range shots, to help the Wolverines rally for a 73-69 victory over Minnesota in the quarterfinals in Indianapolis.

‘‘We all stepped up on the defensive end and got it into overtime, and that gave us another chance to get the win,” Burke said.

Michigan (24-8) will face archrival Ohio State on Saturday for a chance to reach Sunday’s title game.

Burke started fast Friday, scoring 11 of Michigan’s first 12 points, and finished strong. He was 11-for-14 from the field, 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, and had three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 of his 20 points after halftime for the Wolverines.

Ohio State 88, Purdue 71

Jared Sullinger had a season-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the No. 7 Buckeyes top the Boilermakers.

Deshaun Thomas had 22 points and seven rebounds, and William Buford scored nine of his 11 points in the second half for third-seeded OSU (26-6), which shot 61 percent to post its second-best scoring output of the season. It outrebounded Purdue 39-28.

D.J. Byrd scored 20 points and Terone Johnson added 15 for the Boilermakers (21-12). Robbie Hummel, Purdue’s top scorer, finished with six points on 2-for-8 shooting.

The Boilermakers made 12 of 26 from three-point range but were overwhelmed by Ohio State’s size and athleticism in the paint.

Wisconsin 79, Indiana 71

Rob Wilson, a senior guard with only two career starts, made seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points to lead the No. 14 Badgers past the No. 15 Hoosiers, giving coach Bo Ryan a record-breaking 266th victory at Wisconsin.

Wilson came into the game averaging 3.1 points, with a season high of 11 points, a career high of 13 and a career three-point percentage of 27.8.

But he was a completely different player Friday, knocking down 7 of 10 from three-point range and 11 of 16 overall. And, of course, he made all the big ones.

The Badgers (24-8) also tied the tournament record by making 13 of 26 shots from three-point range.

Michigan St. 92, Iowa 75

Shooting 70 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, the No. 8 Spartans cruised past the Hawkeyes, with Draymond Green leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds. They’ll meet Wisconsin today.

Michigan State (25-7) led 55-39 at the break after scoring on all but nine of its first-half possessions. Adreian Payne chipped in with a career-high 16 points.

NOTE: Athletic director Tom Osborne fired coach Doc Sadler after Nebraska finished 12-18 overall and 4-14 in the conference in its first season in the Big Ten. Sadler was 101-89 in six seasons at the school.

AP

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