BIG TEN: No. 2 Indiana 72, No. 7 Michigan 71
Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke’s shot at the other end, lifting visiting Indiana to a victory over Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.
The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five points in the last minute but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line. Jordan Morgan had a fairly easy tip-in attempt of Burke’s miss, but the ball rolled tantalizingly off the rim and Indiana’s Christian Watford grabbed the rebound with 4 seconds left.
Morgan made a tiebreaking putback with 1:35 left, teammate Tim Hardaway followed with a layup on the Wolverines’ next possession and Glen Robinson III made the first of two free throws with 52 seconds to go, giving the Wolverines a 71-66 lead.
After Zeller made a shot on the ensuing possession, Hardaway missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Zeller then connected on two free throws and Burke couldn’t convert at the line, missing the front end of another haunting 1-and-1.
Zeller hit another big shot down low, the one that counted most in a game Indiana might have needed to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Hoosiers will be the top-seeded team at this week’s Big Ten tournament in Chicago.
Zeller scored 25 points and pulled down rebounds. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo had 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 13 rebounds. Will Sheehey scored 10 points, six of which came on key 3-pointers.
Burke scored 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Robinson had 13 points, Nik Stauskas scored 12 and Hardaway had 11. The Wolverines 7 of 13 at the line.
No. 10 Michigan State 71, Nebraska 60
Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift Michigan State to a win over visiting 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. The Spartans shot 66 percent from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point range. Nix was pulled with 1:03 remaining and his team up by nine. He kissed the Spartans’ logo at midcourt and then left to a big ovation.
No. 22 Wisconsin 63, Penn State 60
Traevon Jackson made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points, and visiting Wisconsin survived an upset scare from Penn State with a win in its regular-season finale.
The Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) went the length of the court with less than 4 seconds left.
Jackson pulled up at the wing and made the 3 over the outstretched arm of Kevin Montminy.
Officials upheld the basket on the review, and anxious fans at the Jordan Center let out a collective sigh of disappointment.
Jermaine Marshall finished with 23 points for Penn State (10-20, 2-16).
TOP 25: Temple 84, No. 21 VCU 76
Khalif Wyatt scored 30 points and Jake O’Brien had 19, and host Temple beat VCU on Sunday 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 each 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.
Juvonte Reddic led the Rams with 20 points.
The Owls played their final regular-season game in the A-10.