Iowa Routed by MI 74-53 in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Iowa Routed by MI 74-53 in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Michigan is set to face off against Michigan State in the Championship of the Big Ten tourney.

MSU coach Tom Izzo spoke in the United Center about the possibility of facing MI while the Wolverines were playing Minnesota in the second semifinal.

MI won their first two Big Ten Tournament games by at least 20 points each.

"All in all, a gritty performance by us", coach Tom Izzo said. I made it big, I guess. "Who wants to hug and kiss the guy that took your girlfriend, you know?" Michigan State swept its in-state rivals with a 77-70 win in Ann Arbor and a 75-63 victory last Saturday in East Lansing to win the conference regular-season title.

Amir Coffey led Minnesota (21-13) with 14 points.

"We could never overcome the start and couldn't get back after they got hot at the beginning", coach Greg Gard said.

There's a cliche that says it's hard to beat a team three times in a season but reality says otherwise.

Michigan led by 13 early in the second half, but Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to tie it at 48 with just over seven minutes remaining.

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The Michigan Wolverines are also headed to Des Moines, but they are the #2 seed in the West bracket and will play Montana.

The Wolverines were up 60-55 after Livers hit a 3 with 2:29 left.

Michigan State forward Nick Ward didn't play in either game and Matthews missed the most recent one and was battling injury in the first matchup. The Badgers struggled as a team from 3-point range as well, going just 2-for-19 from beyond the arc.

Ahrens said he was relieved X-rays showed the ankle was not broken, but the extent of the injury was not clear.

He expects to have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down. Ahrens lands on his left foot while going for a rebound. Medical personnel placed an air cast on his leg and teammates gave him hugs before he was wheeled away, pounding his chest as he was taken to the back.

MI put the game away in the second half with a 9-0 run that made it 56-30 with about 14 minutes left.

Next up is Michigan's arch-rival - No. 1 seed Michigan State.