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Michigan-Minnesota Set For Big Ten Semifinal Match-up On Saturday

Michigan basketball team celebrates.


The Michigan Wolverines and Minnesota Golden Gophers will face off in the first Big Ten Tournament semifinal game on Saturday.

Both teams are coming off incredibly exciting quarterfinal match-ups on Friday afternoon at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Michigan, the eight seed, knocked off Big Ten regular season champion Purdue in the early game, which went to overtime after a clock issue cost the Wolverines a chance at a go-ahead layup with three seconds remaining. Michigan hunkered down in the extra frame, however, and pulled out the 74-70 win over the Boilermakers.

D.J. Wilson was a star for Michigan today, scoring 26 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and rejecting three shots. One of those blocks came at the end of regulation, on what could have been a game-winner for Purdue.

If Michigan is the story of the week at the Big Ten Tournament, with the two big wins following a terrifying plane issue on Wednesday that caused the team to play in practice uniforms on Thursday, than Minnesota is one of the stories of the season. Richard Pitino's team is 24-8 after going just 8-23 last season. Pitino entered the year with serious questions about his job. Now, he has the chance to take his team to the Big Ten Championship, and continue to climb the NCAA Tournament seeding lines. Reggie Lynch led the way for Minnesota with 16 points and five blocks, while Jordan Murphy went for a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double.

The two teams will face off at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon. The game will be broadcast on CBS.