NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Michigan will have a chance to hang its first banner since its postseason ban was overturned.
Daniel Horton scored 15 points and Dion Harris added 14 as the Wolverines charged into the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament with a 78-53 drubbing of Oregon.
Last September, the NCAA infractions committee elected to remove the final year of Michigan's two-year postseason ban stemming from violations committed by former booster Ed Martin.
The Wolverines (22-11) have taken advantage of the opportunity and will face Rutgers in Thursday's title game. The Scarlet Knights advanced with an 84-81 overtime victory over Iowa State.
"Obviously, we're very grateful for the opportunity to have the ban lifted earlier in the year," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "I think the team played with energy and passion all season."
Michigan won NIT crowns in 1984 and 1997, but the most recent was vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Also erased were runner-up finishes in the NCAA Tournament in 1992 and 1993 and the 1998 Big Ten Conference championship.
"Lately, we've been playing some good, complete games. Today falls into that category," Horton said. "I think the ball movement was great and we were getting open looks. The guys were very unselfish."
Luke Jackson scored 17 points in his final game for Oregon and ended his career with 1,970 points, second on the school's all-time list. The Ducks (18-13) were coming off a win at Notre Dame in the quarterfinals.
"It's tough to end in a loss," said Jackson, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft. "You can't win 'em all, but I'm proud of the guys."
The Wolverines, who posted three home wins to reach Madison Square Garden, raced to a 46-32 halftime lead. They turned the game into a rout with near-flawless execution in the second half, committing just one turnover.
Michigan also continued its hot shooting. After connecting at 59 percent in the quarterfinals against Hawaii, it shot 53 percent (29-of-55) against Oregon, including 9-of-19 from 3-point range.
"I think having the ban lifted earlier in the year gave us the same dream as everyone else, and that's to play in the postseason," Amaker said.
Ian Crosswaite added 12 points for the Ducks, who committed 16 turnovers and shot only 34.5 percent (20-of-58).
"We picked a bad night to have a bad basketball game," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "That's our first bad game out of eight. They had something to do with that."