Updated: March 15, 2014 5:32PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan guard Caris LeVert is making a strong case to be a Big Ten all-tournament selection, and the Wolverines look every bit the part of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
LeVert scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Michigan’s 72-69 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday.
With his team up 71-69, LeVert grabbed an offensive rebound after Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas missed a three that would have sealed the game. LeVert found Spike Albrecht, who hit the front end of a two-shot foul. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft then turned the ball over on the ensuring possession.
The loss snapped a string of five appearances in the Big Ten title game for the Buckeyes.
Michigan dominated the first half, shooting 64 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from three-point range. The Wolverines led by 16 and went into the locker room up 41-37.
With just under eight minutes left in the game, Ohio State took its first lead at 61-60. From there, it was a see-saw game.
Stauskas finished with 18 points to lead the Wolverines. Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross led all scorers with 19.
Michigan will play Michigan State in the championship game Sunday.