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  • No. 2 Indiana edges No. 7 Michigan

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan had a chance to earn a share of the Big Ten title and give two rivals a piece of it, too.
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  • ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan had a chance to earn a share of the Big Ten title and give two rivals a piece of it, too.
    The Wolverines, though, wilted with a five-point lead in the final minute.
    Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.
    "This really hurts," Burke said. "This was for a championship."
    The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed 71-66 with 52 seconds remaining but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line.
    Jordan Morgan also had a fairly easy tip-in attempt of Burke's miss that could have won it for Michigan, but the ball rolled tantalizingly around the rim and off.
    "It just hung there," Burke said.
    Christian Watford got to the final rebound — Indiana had 23 more boards than Michigan — with 4 seconds left and threw it back in bounds to Zeller, ending the game.
    "I'm glad that didn't end up being the last game of our season because it would have been a tough one to take," Wolverines coach John Beilein said. "We play on Thursday, and it would be special if we can win the Big Ten tournament, but if we can get a few games in, it will make us better. And then comes the granddaddy of them all. That's when you have to be at your best."
    Michigan had other opportunities to win Sunday, and two other teams surely wish the Wolverines had.
    Ohio State, which beat Illinois on Sunday, needed an Indiana loss to earn a share of the conference championship as did Michigan State, which beat Northwestern later in the night.
    When the Hoosiers finished off Michigan and the teams shook hands along the sideline, Indiana coach Tom Crean and Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer, a former Hoosiers assistant, had a heated exchange.
    "I'm not talking about any of that," Crean said. "Ask him."
    A message seeking comment from Meyer was left with a Michigan spokesman.
    The Wolverines will be the fifth-seeded team in this week's Big Ten tournament, opening against 12th-seeded Penn State in the opening round. If Michigan avoids losing to the Nittany Lions again, it will face fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals on Friday.
    No. 10 Michigan State 71, Northwestern 61
    At East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift Michigan State over Northwestern.
    The Spartans (24-7, 13-5) were eliminated from Big Ten title contention early in their game when Indiana beat Michigan, and Michigan State struggled to put away the undermanned Wildcats. Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, tying the game at 51 before the Spartans recovered.
    Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points for Northwestern, which has lost eight straight.
    Michigan State senior Derrick Nix scored 10 points in his final home game.
    No. 14 Ohio State 68, Illinois 55
    At Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for Ohio State, scored 19 points in a victory over Illinois.
    Ohio State (23-7, 13-5) is the No. 2 seed for next week's Big Ten tournament.
    Brandon Paul scored 21 points for Illinois (21-11, 8-10), which will be the No. 8 seed in Chicago.
    Temple 84, No. 21 VCU 76
    At Philadelphia, Khalif Wyatt scored 30 points, Jake O'Brien had 19 and Temple beat Virginia Commonwealth after rallying from a 16-point deficit.
    The Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and earned a first-round bye. Temple and VCU will both open play at the Barclays Center on Friday.
    The Rams (24-7, 12-4) lost their chance to share the A-10 title with Saint Louis. VCU is the No. 2 seed.
    No. 22 Wisconsin 63, Penn State 60
    At State College, Pa., Traevon Jackson made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points as Wisconsin staved off an upset bid by Penn State.
    The Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) went the length of the court with less than 4 seconds left. Jackson pulled up on the wing and made his 3 over the outstretched arm of Kevin Montminy.
    Officials upheld the basket after a replay review, and anxious fans at the Jordan Center let out a collective sigh of disappointment.
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