Michigan, Michigan State to meet for Big 10 tourney title Sunday

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 23:49:17-04

CHICAGO, IL. -- The Wolverines whipped Minnesota in a semi-final clash Saturday in Chicago, 76-49, and Michigan advances to play Michigan State for the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday afternoon.

Isaiah Livers scored a career-best 21 points for third-seeded Michigan (28-5). Earlier in the afternoon, the top-seeded Spartans beat the Wisconsin Badgers in the other semi-final, 67-55.

The tournament championship game will tip off Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, at the United Center. On March 10th, Michigan State defeated Michigan for the second time this season to capture a second straight Big Ten regular-season title. Purdue was conference co-champion, but was upset by Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.

Michigan had no problems with the Golden Gophers, though, and will try to capture its third straight Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday. It was Michigan's 10th straight victory in a Big Ten Tournament.

Zavier Simpson scored 15 points and 9 assists for the Wolverines. Jordan Poole had nine assists, while Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 points, and Jon Teske grbbed eight rebounds.

Cassius Winston had 21 points and 6 assists in the Spartans win over the Badgers and Kenny Goins added 13 points and 12 rebounds.