Mar 1, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) reacts after an Illinois Fighting Illini turnover during the second half at Assembly Hall. Michigan won 72-61. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
Michigan tunes up for post-season play against Penn State.
The No. 20 Michigan Wolverines (22-8, 12-5) complete Big Ten regular season play on Sunday afternoon when they visit the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-18, 4-13).
Michigan has plenty to play for while Penn State will look forward to ending a disappointing Big Ten season and moving on to the Big Ten Tournament.
A Michigan win puts the Wolverines in position to secure the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament and also hold out hope for a share of the Big Ten regular season title. They will need some help for the latter, specifically Ohio State will need to beat current Big Ten leader, Michigan State at East Lansing on Sunday afternoon. Even in the event of a tie atop the Big Ten, Michigan State would maintain the tie-breaker advantage over Michigan and the No 1. seed in the conference tournament.
But first Michigan has to beat Penn State. The Nittany Lions have lost three straight games and eight of their last 10 in Big Ten play. The two teams opened up conference play against one another with Michigan winning in Ann Arbor, 71-53.