Indiana put forth a valiant effort on the road Saturday night but couldn't come away with the victory.
Trailing Michigan by 11 points with under 5 minutes to play, Indiana rallied to tie the game. But Michigan hit a big three and then made all of its free throws down the stretch to post an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Senior Night at Crisler Center.
Jordan Morgan, Michigan's lone senior, had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.
Michigan (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten) had already wrapped up the Big Ten outright title and the No. 1 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament before the game. But this one was important for the Wolverines because IU had beaten Michigan three times in a row including on the Crisler Center floor for the outright title on the final day a year ago.
Indiana (17-14, 7-11) closes the regular season on a two-game losing streak and will now play on Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers will either be the No. 7, 8 or 9 seed in the conference tournament. That will be determined after the final games of the conference season on Sunday.
If IU plays in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game on Thursday, the winner of that game would get another shot at this same Michigan team.
Michigan led 73-62 with 4:55 to play before IU used a 13-2 run to tie it at 75.
After Michigan hit two free throws, IU answered with a follow jam by Williams and a driving layup by Robinson to tie the game at 75 with 1:28 to play.
The other Robinson, Glenn Robinson III, then hit the back-breaker with a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:10 remaining to make it 78-75.
A late 3 by Noah Vonleh (who scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds) cut the lead to 82-80 with 4.2 seconds remaining. Nik Stauskas then calmly made two free throws with 3.5 seconds to play to finish off the victory.