The No. 15 Michigan Wolverines (26-7) won their sixth straight game on Friday, this time beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers (22-10) 77-58 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led with 21 points and made all five of his three-point shots. Duncan Robinson had 16 points off the bench while Mo Wagner had 20 points and made all five of his three-point shots.
After fouling out the day before, Mo Wagner got eight of the maize and blue’s first 11 points. He went on to shoot 9 for 16 on field goals.
With three minutes left in the second half, Duncan Robinson knocked down a three-pointer to make it 33-15. It also bought Robinson to 1,000 career points.
A slam dunk by Mo Wagner made it 30-15 with 4:01 left in the first half, but the Cornhuskers would go on a 9-4 lead to cut the deficit to ten before halftime.
Nebraska did what they could to keep it a ballgame, but the trio of Robinson, Wagner and Abdur-Rahkman, as well as 12 points and six assists from Zavier Simpson, was ultimately too much to handle.
While the Cornhuskers return home and await their NCAA Tournament fate, the Wolverines move on to Saturday’s semifinal round where they’ll take on the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans. The game can be seen at 2:30 on CBS.