Best Team in Best Conference: Indiana Takes Big Ten Title 72-71 at Michigan
Our preseason Player of the Year Cody Zeller (pictured grabbing one of his 10 rebounds) scored his 25th point with 13 seconds to go to give No. 2 Indiana a 72-71 lead at No. 7 Michigan with just 13 seconds left. Then Trey Burke--the Michigan point guard who ends the regular season as Breitbart Sports Player of the Year--drove back down the court and came within inches of giving four teams a share of the Big Ten title.
Burke made it near the rim to force a strong contest from Indiana that left Jordan Morgan even when Burke’s shot went off the rim. Morgan followed with a tip that seemed to touch every part of the rim. If it had fallen through, then the Big Ten would have had four co-champions the day after the Big East had three. But when it fell out, the Indiana Hoosiers had their first outright Big Ten title in two decades in a win that should guarantee them a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament no matter what happens in the Big Ten tournament.
The game featured three of the five Breitbart Sports 1st team All-Americans, and Victor Oladipo grabbed even more rebounds than Zeller with 13 to go along with 14 points.
For complete game coverage, see the AP story by clicking here.