MI was up 30-20 after Walton made 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. Then Walton took his turn, hitting three 3-pointers in a 1:16 span to push Michigan's lead to 10.
Michigan AthleticsMichigan had to play its first B1G Tourney game in its practice gear.
As the crowd at Verizon Center roared, D.J. Wilson tried to roar louder.
Northwestern, which overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to upset Maryland, could do nothing against UW. The Badges are active and physical, and Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes control the paint.
Freshman Miles Bridges led Michigan State (19-14) with 20 points.
First, Wisconsin (23-8) needs to carry over momentum into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend in Washington.
The Wolverines have scored the first six of the half, and lead 39-32 at the first media timeout.
Tournament MVP Derrick Walton Jr. scored 22 points, D.J. Wilson added 17 and Irvin had 15 for MI, which had lost 17 of its previous 20 games against Wisconsin. Duncan Robinson chipped in 10 points in the winning effort for MI. Irvin added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. And while the game was a battle befitting the stage, MI left no doubt that it was a deserving champion.
Derrick Walton leads the Wolverines with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. The senior guard harassed Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh and contributed 10 points and two assists. They ended it by overwhelming the second-seeded Badgers, who had won three straight - including the regular season finale against Minnesota - by a total of 55 points.
Just a few minutes ago, MI couldn't miss. MI has the 3-point shooting to make a huge run, but they rely heavily on that long ball. MI threatened to pull away twice in the opening session, but Wisconsin answered both times. Coffey, a former MI recruiting target, finished the first half with 11 points. MI is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. He hit three 3-pointers and went a flawless 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. McIntosh also struggled, shooting just 4-of-12 with only one assist.
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UW eventually closed to 57-50 on a three-pointer by Showalter with 3:34 left.
MI is up 30-20 with 5:22 left in the half.
The Badgers led by 17 at halftime and were really never threatened in the second half.
The Wolverines are shooting 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the floor and have made three of six 3-point attempts.
MI has a 19-13 lead early in the first half, on red hot shooting.
MI shot 63.3 percent in the first half and led by as many as 16 points before settling for an 84-77 victory over Minnesota in Saturday's other semifinal - its fourth straight win and ninth in 11 games.
However, turnovers are an issue early.
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The four-game stretch was completed with a win over Wisconsin Sunday, a game that MI controlled, gave up and controlled again to snatch the first tournament title in program history.
Follow the action throughout the game with live updates by Al Willman of The Detroit News.