Michigan steamrolls Michigan State, claims B1G regular season title
Michigan is the B1G champion.
It took Juwan Howard just two seasons as a head coach to bring a regular season conference crown back to Ann Arbor, and it happened in impressive fashion Thursday night. Michigan cruised to a 69-50 victory over in-state rival Michigan State to clinch the title outright and lock up the top seed for the B1G Tournament next week.
Hunter Dickinson registered another double-double in the victory, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The game’s leading scorer was Franz Wagner, who ended the night with 19 points while knocking down 4-of-6 shots from 3-point range.
Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks and Mike Smith all added 9 points.
Michigan’s defense got the job done, holding Michigan State to just 36% shooting from the floor. The Spartans did not make a 3-point shot all game long, missing all 9 attempts from behind the arc.
The Spartans were led in scoring by Aaron Henry, who finished the game with 14.
This year’s regular season B1G title marks the first time the Wolverines have claimed it since 2014. It is the program’s 15th regular season conference championship.
Michigan and Michigan State will meet one more time, playing on Sunday in East Lansing.