INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 1 Ohio State boosted its bid for the NCAA tournament's top overall seed with a 68-61 victory over rival Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals.
The regular-season league champs and defending tournament champs will play in a record-tying third straight championship game Sunday against either sixth-seeded Penn State or seventh-seeded Michigan State. Illinois also played in three consecutive title games from 2003-05.
Ohio State (31-2) has won six straight games overall and all three matchups this season with Michigan (20-13).
The Wolverines were led by Darius Morris with 16 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 15.
Michigan got as close as 47-45 with 9:51 left, but the Buckeyes answered with 16 straight points and held off a late charge that got the Wolverines within four in the final minute.
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