Michigan strengthens case for at-large bid by shocking Indiana

Chatman's buzzer-beating 3 the difference for Michigan (0:29)

Kameron Chatman hits a 3 from the corner with .02 seconds left to lift Michigan to a 72-69 win over top-seeded Indiana in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal. (0:29)

INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan played like an NCAA tournament-worthy team in its 72-69 win over Indiana on Friday even before Kameron Chatman’s winning 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to play.

It was only Chatman’s eighth made 3-pointer of the season. The sophomore forward entered the Big Ten conference quarterfinal game a career 26 percent shooter from behind the arc. How’s that for March Madness?

"Kam has struggled from the 3-point line his whole career," Michigan coach John Beilein said on the school's radio broadcast. "That could change his whole life right there."

Whether this win alone will help the Wolverines earn a tournament bid is another question they can solve another day -- they face the winner of Purdue-Illinois on Saturday in the tournament semifinals.


Seemed like whenever Michigan had to have a basket, it went to a pick-and-roll with Zak Irvin and whatever post player was on the floor. It was the same play that Irvin cashed in on a jumper to beat Northwestern on Thursday. Irvin was most effective against Indiana when he drove to the basket off the pick. But down 64-61 with 2:44 left, he pulled up for a 3-pointer, and shot it short. At that moment, Indiana grabbed a five-point lead and the Wolverines looked like they were headed for a loss.

Enough with the turnovers

Indiana led the Big Ten with a 19.1 turnover percentage, according to kenpom.com, and there’s no simple solution to improving that. They came from everywhere. There was the out-of-control variety, like when Troy Williams barreled into the lane, lost control of the ball and got called for a charge. There was the plain unlucky kind, like Williams grabbing a rebound, then losing control of the ball as he came down and hit a teammate. And of course, there was the type where Michigan had to be given credit for forcing it, like a Derrick Walton steal off Harrison Niego. The Wolverines scored 22 points off 15 Indiana turnovers. Eight Hoosiers committed at least one.

Keep an eye out

Center Thomas Bryant has hogged most of the spotlight as far as Indiana’s rookies go. But 6-foot-8 forward O.G. Anunoby is becoming an instrumental part of the rotation. Anunoby scored a career-high 13 points, shooting 6-of-6 from the field. He had two critical steals that he took for layups in the second half, when Michigan seemed to have gained momentum. His only mistake may have been on his drive to the basket when Chatman stripped him of the ball with 19 seconds left to set up his game-winning shot.