Iowa exits Big Ten Tournament in heartbreaking fashion

  • Iowa exits Big Ten Tournament in heartbreaking fashion

Iowa exits Big Ten Tournament in heartbreaking fashion

Despite shooting just 56.3 percent from the free-throw line and 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from 3-point range, fifth-seeded MI survived overtime against No. 12 Iowa, 77-71. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, with the finals coming on Sunday. They're two wins away from a second straight Big Ten Tournament title. Point guard Zavier Simpson played 39 minutes and Matthews played 41, but fellow starters Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman fouled out after a combined 38 minutes.

Iowa struggled with 3-point defense in the final weeks of the season, giving up a dozen or more 3-pointers in four of the previous five games, including 14 in an opening-round victory over IL on Wednesday. The Spartans won 69-55.

"Iowa is right there", MI head coach John Beilein said.

No.8 Maryland vs No.1 Michigan State.

"The only way we could win that game was defense", he added. "Our alums and our fans are".

No.5 MI vs No.4 Nebraska. Wagner fouled out late in regulation and Rahkman fouled out about halfway into OT on a questionable over the back call. After allowing 40 points in the first half, MI held Iowa to 27 points in the second half and four in the overtime session. With Adbur-Rahkman in foul trouble all game, freshman guard Jordan Poole was on the court in the two-spot, meaning Matthews was going to stay in the game. They were doing whatever they wanted in the first half. But Iowa cut lead that in half with a 3-pointer from Nicholas Baer at the 59-second mark to make it 67-64.

Isaiah Roby and James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska with 16 points each.

Nebraska shot 55 percent against MI in the only meeting of the season between the teams. "I think one guy made a 3".

"Even though the season didn't go as we hoped, these guys never quit on the staff, the staff never quit on them, and most importantly, they didn't quit on each other", McCaffery said in a release.

Whatever the issue was in Lincoln, it was solved the second time around.

Without a timeout, Purdue hurried the ball downcourt before Oden had a good look at a 3-pointer that went off the front of the rim.

Nebraska is 3-6 in the Big Ten Tournament, reaching the quarterfinals in 2014, 2016 and this season.

"It was a moment to rise to the occasion", Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. Let's go there and try to win that tournament, Big Ten champions. NU currently sits at 22-10 (13-6) on the season, and its fate for the NCAA tournament now lies in the hands of the NCAA Selection Committee.

I'm going to be brief with my breakdowns because these matchups are all speculative, but for fun, I'm still going to make predictions on who advances.

The Huskers best regular-season victory is probably against MI.

No.7 Penn State vs No.2 Ohio State.

MI (25-7) will now face No. 4-seeded Nebraska in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines did not have a chance to win in the final minutes of just two: at North Carolina and, on January 18, at Nebraska.