Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday in Ann Arbor 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 final 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 that could have won it for Michigan, but the ball rolled off the rim and Indiana grabbed the rebound with 4 seconds left.
"We've been working on that all year -- closing out games," said Zeller, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds.
A couple of Michigan's rivals surely wish the Wolverines had won.
Ohio State, which beat Illinois on Sunday, needed an Indiana loss to earn a share of the conference championship. Michigan State was in the same position before beating Northwestern later in the day.
Michigan State 71, Northwestern 61: Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 as the 10th-ranked Spartans (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten) struggled before putting away the visiting Wildcats. Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, tying the game at 51 before the Spartans recovered.
Ohio State 68, Illinois 55: Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for Ohio State, scored 19 points to lead the No. 14 Buckeyes over the visiting Illini (21-11, 8-10 Big Ten). Ohio State (23-7, 13-5) has won five in a row, including wins over No. 2 Indiana and then-No. 4 Michigan State.
Liberty (15-20) is in: Liberty became just the second 20-loss team to reach the NCAA tournament, beating Charleston Southern 87-76 in Conway, S.C., to win the Big South Conference title. Liberty opened the season with eight straight losses and had never won more than three in a row until this week. Yet, it joined Coppin State in 2008 as the only schools with 20 or more defeats in the field of 68.
Baylor 77, Oklahoma State 69: Brittney Griner had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the top-ranked Lady Bears (31-1) held off a furious late charge by the Cowgirls in the Big 12 tournament semifinals in Dallas. Oklahoma State trailed by 17 after Baylor guard Odyssey Sims converted a nifty three-point play with 15 minutes left, but the Cowgirls (21-10) cut it to 72-69 with 1:34 remaining.
Notre Dame 75, South Florida 66: Natalie Achonwa had 20 points and 20 rebounds to help the second-ranked Irish (29-1) beat the Bulls (21-10) in the Big East tournament quarterfinals in Hartford, Conn.
Duke 92, North Carolina 73: Freshman Alexis Jones scored a career-high 24 points and the No. 6 Blue Devils (30-2) claimed their eighth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title by routing the No. 15 Tar Heels (28-6) in the title game in Greensboro, N.C.