INDIANAPOLIS -- A three-pointer by Michigan’s Kameron Chatman with 0.2 seconds left toppled regular season Big Ten champion Indiana Friday afternoon, as the Hoosiers fell 72-69 in the third round of the Big Ten conference tournament.
The game remained close late with Indiana leading 69-66 after senior Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell hit the back end of a one-and-one with one minute remaining.
But Michigan’s Duncan Robinson hit a three with 00:45 left in the game and Indiana freshman forward OG Anunoby turned it over with 00:20 remaining. That gave Michigan a chance to win the game in regulation with 00:20 left.
Chatman hesitated after receiving the pass from Derrick Walton, Jr., but heaved the three as time seemingly expired. The referees added 0.2 seconds to the clock, but that wasn’t enough time for Indiana to get a shot off of the inbound pass.
IU Coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers simply failed to cover Chatman’s shot.
“We knew Chatman -- he hasn’t played a lot -- but we knew he was capable of hitting threes,” Crean said. “And he had too open of a look, and it was his moment to hit it.”
Indiana trailed early after the Wolverines went on an 8-2 run to start the game. But the Hoosiers clawed back and a timely three from senior point guard Yogi Ferrell with about four minutes left in the first half gave Indiana one-point 27-26 lead.
The teams traded the lead for the remainder of the half with Indiana up 37-36 at the break.
The win increases the Wolverines chances of making the NCAA tournament after the team finished 10-8 in Big Ten conference play. The early exit for the Hoosiers means they’ll have plenty of time to rest before finding out who and where they’ll play when the NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled Sunday.