MI smashes Nebraska behind Derrick Walton Jr.'s record 16 assists
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Mar 07, 2017,
Mar 07, 2017, 0:41
The Huskers (12-18, 6-12) finished the regular season with losses of 16, 16, 15 and 36 points.
MI might be tied for 5th place in the final standings and have to play as an 8-seed this week in Washington D.C., but it outscored its opponents by more points per possession than everyone in the league other than Purdue.
Much to the displeasure of coach Tim Miles and his staff, they were able to win just three more. The Huskers were 2 of 15 on 3s.
Nebraska then returned home for "Legend's Weekend" and fell to IL 73-57.
The Wolverines are 8-0 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011-12 and have won 10 straight in the series.
"We have to be mentally stronger", Miles said. "We really wanted come out and have a great start and we did that, especially on the defensive end".More news: Ryan Zinke, confirmed by the Senate as interior secretary
Nebraska continued to turn it over, coughing up the ball for the 14th time in the first 25 minutes, leading to Duncan Robinson's three to make it 60-37. A 13-2 run made it 39-19 late in the half. "There's a defeat-ism nearly that as soon as the first thing goes wrong we expect the worst to happen". "He got an open look and I smiled and told him I loved him after he made the shot".
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan is favored on the road tonight, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -4.5 points against Nebraska.
Nebraska: The Huskers once again are staggering into the conference tournament.
Overall this season, Nebraska has the fewest wins of any B1G team with just 12 overall.
Walton was previously tied for the third best mark by a Wolverine as he finished with 13 assists last season against Youngstown State. I just felt like I was letting a lot of people down. Beilein is 209-134 and will get a chance to surpass Orr's mark Thursday when MI takes on IL in the second round of the Big Ten tournament in Washington, D.C. But don't expect Beilein to pay much attention to the milestone.
No. 22 WISCONSIN 66, MINNESOTA 49: In Madison, Wisconsin, senior guard Bronson Koenig scored 17 points in his final home game, combining with D'Mitrik Trice to give the Badgers' offense a second-half boost in a Big Ten win over the Gophers. Michael Jacobson had 10 points despite nursing a wrist injury to finish in double figures for the first time in almost a month.
U-of-M will play IL in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. He came out with 3:46 left to a standing ovation from the remaining fans.