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The Wolverines are heading to the final after an impressive tournament run

The Michigan Wolverines are heading to the Big Ten Championship game after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 84-77, Saturday. The victory comes only days after their plane skidded off the runway during take off in Ann Arbor, causing them to arrive late for their opening game in Washington, D.C.

Michigan will meet the winner of the other semifinal between Northwestern and Wisconsin Sunday, at 3 p.m.

Wolverines senior Derrick Walton Jr. led the way for the maize and blue. He scored a game high 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the winning effort. He grabbed 10 rebounds as well, and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Michigan was in total control during the first half. The held a double-digit lead for much of the opening period as Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin looked near unstoppable as the Wolverines scored 47 first-half points. An impressive offensive display by the Gophers junior Nate Mason kept them in the game early, though.

Minnesota kept within striking distance. A 17-7 run by the Gophers reduced Michigan’s lead all the way down to one, and they stayed within striking distance for the remainder of the game. The Wolverines led the entire game, though, and managed to see out the game to clinch their spot in the Big Ten final.

Moritz Wagner was the Wolverines second-leading scorer, behind Walton Jr., adding 17 points to the winning effort. Irvin scored 13 and Duncan Robinson added 10 points off the bench.

Mason led the Gophers with 23 points. Jordan Murphy nearly had a double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds, and the entire Gophers starting five finished the game with double figures. – All Posts