If there was the slightest chance that the Michigan Wolverines wouldn’t be dancing this year, they just emphatically punched their ticket to March Madness. In the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan upset #13 Purdue in a 74-70 overtime thriller.
It was a hard-fought win, as it seemed like a controversial call was going to derail the Wolverines’ chances. After Zak Irvin made a layup to tie the game at 66-66 with roughly four seconds left, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman stole the ensuing inbounds pass. But instead of Michigan getting a possible go-ahead bucket, officials ruled that Purdue had called a timeout.
You can check out the questionable call here.
Yeah, I don’t know about that one. Seemed like a realllll quick whistle to me. Especially, considering that Purdue coach Matt Painter was so goddamn far away from the play.
But the Wolverines would not be deterred, prevailing 74-70 in overtime and knocking off the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Up next for #8 Michigan, is a date with the winner of #4 Minnesota vs. #5 Michigan State in the semifinals.