March 13, 2017
This is Michigan's first official Big Ten Tournament championship (the Wolverines' 1998 title was vacated by sanctions). U-M, which is officially 1-1 in Big Ten Tournament finals (lost 69-55 to Michigan State in 2014), has earned the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan tied a Big Ten single-tournament record for points with 304 (first established by Iowa in 2001). Other Big Ten Tournament records set by Michigan included field goals made (111), three-point field goals made (33) and attempted (96).
The Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Michigan senior guard Derrick Walton Jr., averaged 20.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists in four games at the tournament. He also made his last 22 free throw attempts (22-of-23, .956).
All-Tournament Team selection Zac Irvin averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds during the Big Ten Tournament.
During the Big Ten Tournament, D.J. Wilson averaged 15.3 points per game.
Michigan's starting five scored 68 of the team's 71 points in Sunday's championship game.
Michigan continues to track a record pace from the free throw line. Including its 7-of-9 performance today vs. Wisconsin, the Wolverines wound up shooting .803 through four Big Ten Tournament games (49-of-61). Its updated season percentage is .775 (450-of-581). That's better than the 2013-14 team's record of .762. Michigan did not attempt its first free throw of the game until 13:20 of the second half (a make by Zac Irvin).
The Wolverines likely will continue to lead the country in fewest turnovers per game (9.4, 330 in 34 games). They turned the ball over just nine times vs. Wisconsin in Sunday's title game.
Michigan (.591) and Wisconsin (.538) combined to shoot .563 from the field in the first half (27-of-48), including an impressive .550 from the three-point arc (11-of-20). The Badgers hit their last three shots from the field of the first half and five of their last six. Wisconsin missed the only free throw attempt for both teams in the first 20 minutes. Every point of the first half was scored by the starters.
Wisconsin is now 3-4 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
The Badgers went 28-for-66 (.424) from 3-point range in their three games at the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin's 28 made 3-pointers are second-most in a Big Ten Tournament, trailing only Michigan, which hit 33 3-pointers in this year's tournament.
Nigel Hayes, Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig combined for 43 of Wisconsin's 56 points against Michigan. The trio also combined to score 125 of Wisconsin's 202 points (61.9%) at the Big Ten Tournament.
Hayes scored 14 points in Sunday's title game and now has tallied 10+ points in 25 games this season. It is also his fifth straight game scoring in double figures.
With 11 rebounds, Hayes now has eight games this season with 10+ rebounds. The senior also has seven double-doubles.
In nine career games played at the Big Ten Tournament, Hayes averaged 13.3 points 6.9 rebounds.
With a start today against Michigan, Hayes moved into a tie for sixth place all-time at Wisconsin for most games started (109).
Ethan Happ scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Michigan. It is the 24th game this season with 10+ points and his 15th game with 10+ rebounds. It is also the sophomore's ninth double-double this season.
In four career games at the Big Ten Tournament, Happ is averaging 15.2 points and 9.5 rebounds.
This is the second game this season that Wisconsin has had two players with a double-double (11/29/16 vs. Syracuse).
After scoring 15 points today against Michigan, senior Bronson Koenig now has 24 games this season with 10+ points. Koenig has also scored in double figures in each of the last five meetings against Michigan and is averaging 15.0 ppg in those games.
In nine career games played at the Big Ten Tournament, Koenig averaged 12.7 points and 3.4 assists.