How it happened: Michigan and Northwestern created an instant classic, going big shot for big shot down the stretch on Tuesday. Northwestern’s John Shurna spun in the lane and scored to give the Wildcats a 47-43 lead. Michigan’s Trey Burke answered with a 3-pointer. Shurna came back and drained a shot in the lane while falling to the ground to put Northwestern ahead 49-46. Tim Hardaway Jr. fired back with a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:36 left. In overtime, though, it was all Michigan. The Wolverines connected on three 3-pointers and shut out Northwestern to go ahead 58-49 during the first three minutes of overtime. The Wolverines scored 42 of their points off 3-pointers, shooting 14 of 37 from deep. Northwestern committed 15 turnovers compared to Michigan’s seven.
What it means: It was another gut-wrenching loss for Northwestern as it attempts to make history by reaching its first NCAA tournament. The Wildcats dropped to 6-9 in the Big Ten and now have to win their final three Big Ten games -- at Penn State Nittany Lions, home vs. Ohio State Buckeyes, at Iowa Hawkeyes -- to go .500 in the conference. The Wildcats have dropped three devastating home conference games -- a one-point loss to Illinois Fighting Illini, a two-point one to Purdue Boilermakers and Tuesday’s overtime defeat. For Michigan, the win kept it in the Big Ten title race. The Wolverines improved to 11-4 in conference.
Player of the game: Burke was only 6-for-16 shooting, but he hit shots when they mattered for the Wolverines. He drained a 3-pointer late in the second half and another key one in overtime. He finished with a game-high 16 points. He also had six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Northwestern player of the game: Reggie Hearn provided another strong performance for the Wildcats. He scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
What’s next: Northwestern travels to Penn State on Saturday. Michigan hosts Purdue on Saturday.