MI played in the fourth and final quarterfinal game Friday night, which meant the Wolverines didn't leave the United Center until around midnight.
MI had some blowout wins in its flawless start, beating Villanova by 27 on the road and topping North Carolina by 17 at home before blowing out Purdue in the teams' Big Ten opener. He had 7 3-pointers in the game.
MI was led by Ignas Brazdeikis with 19 points.
After Murphy scored in the paint to end the drought for Minnesota, Jon Teske buried a 3 for MI that hit the flat part of the back of the rim. Following the game, the 2019 NCAA Bracket was revealed and both the Wolverines and the Spartans were given No. 2 seeds.
MI led Minnesota by 20 with 18:37 left in the second half, then the game's leading scorer, sophomore forward Isaiah Livers, took over.
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Michigan led by 13 early in the second half, but Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to tie it at 48 with just over seven minutes remaining.
Livers drove the baseline for a two-handed dunk and Simpson finished it with a 3, making it 31-15 with 3:34 left.
Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play. Third-seeded MI hit seven threes in the half, while Iowa made zero. Poole then appeared to get bumped by Winston - Michigan State had a foul to give - just before he launched a long 3 off the dribble, but there was no call.
In a casual battle for a rebound, Ahrens came down awkwardly as his ankle rolled up on a defender's and he collapsed, screaming in agony.
He clutched his lower left leg as he screamed in pain.
MI put the game away in the second half with a 9-0 run that made it 56-30 with about 14 minutes left.
Michigan State: The Spartans head to the tournament with high hopes, though their rotation figures to be a little thinner after Ahrens went down.