Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney.
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BEST WIN: Michigan State beating Wisconsin, 83-75. The Spartans got off to a quick start and led this contest from start to finish. What makes this win so impressive is how the Spartans got it done on both ends of the court. Tom Izzo’s club shot 57 percent from the field and 54 percent from 3-point range. MSU held a hot-shooting Badgers team to a 44 percent clip while also out-rebounding Wisconsin, 32-28.
BEST SHOT: Nik Stauskas reverse layup late in the second half, which rolled around the rim before eventually falling in and giving the Wolverines a 3-point lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
BEST PLAY: Denzel Valentine’s through-the-legs bounce pass to Branden Dawson for the huge two-handed dunk.
BEST PLAYER: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin — 28 points. Kaminsky was outstanding today for Wisconsin in a losing effort. The Badgers’ big man had 28 points, which was the highest point total of any Big Ten player on the day. He also shot 9-of-16 from the field and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the loss to Michigan State.
BEST QUOTE: “Yeah, we have to make sure he stays under control because he told all of us that one of the things he’s giving up for Lent is arguing with the officials.” – Michigan State guard Travis Trice, on Tom Izzo getting upset with a call early in the first half.
BEST FAN SIGN: “The Trice is right.”