ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- All season long Derrick Walton Jr. had put Michigan on his back, making big shot after big shot, with hopes of ending his senior season leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament.
On senior day, it was no different, as he led his team one step closer to going dancing this March.
With U-M holding onto a six-point lead, Walton had his latest signature moment. The senior captain, dribbled the shot clock down, twisted, leaned and fired a 3-pointer as the shot clock buzzer sounded off. Walton’s shot put U-M up for good, as the Wolverines defeated No. 14 Purdue 82-70.
Now Michigan looks NCAA bound.
“We’re not done yet,” Walton Jr. said to the crowd afterwards. He scored 17 points, making 6-of-his-12 shots in his final home game of his stellar career.
Vince Edwards and Caleb Swanigan led Purdue (23-6, 12-4 Big Ten) with 18 points each.
In the first half, Michigan’s (19-10, 9-7) Moritz Wagner scored 22 points alone, including 4-of-6 from 3s. He would finish with a game-high 24.
Michigan looks NCAA worthy
With a convincing home wins against Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State, the Wolverines looked and played like an NCAA tournament team. Now, the bigger question is: what seed will they be? Because when U-M is clicking offensively, they can clearly play with anyone in the country, at least against the Big Ten’s best anyways.
Michigan ends its season at Northwestern and Nebraska, winning both, and this team could get a possible six seed or higher.
Michigan plays at Northwestern this Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.
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