INDIANAPOLIS — For the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years, Michigan State will play in the Big Ten tourney title game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off third-seeded Maryland, 64-61, to advance to Sunday’s tourney final vs. the Boilermakers, who knocked off eighth-seeded Michigan, 76-59. If Michigan State wins the championship, which would mark its event-leading fifth crown, it would seem to have a good chance to be a No. 1 seed. It may have one locked up, regardless. Get my best of Semifinal Saturday below.
The matchup is set for the Big Ten tournament title game. It will be No. 2 seed Michigan State vs. No. 4 Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to advance to their third straight Big Ten tourney final, while the Boilermakers took down No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, in semifinal action Saturday afternoon. Michigan State, which lost last season’s tourney title game to eventual national runner-up Wisconsin, has won four Big Ten tourney titles, tied for the most with
The 2016 Big Ten Tournament championship is set. Michigan State will take on Purdue Sunday afternoon with a conference title on the line. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] In order to get to that point, the Boilermakers took care of No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, while Michigan State held on to pull out a thrilling victory over Maryland in the later game. With two great games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances. BTN.com writers Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Saturday team from the semifinal round of the Big
INDIANAPOLIS — No. 2 Michigan State will take on No. 4 Purdue in the Big Ten tourney title game Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The teams met just one time this season, with the Boilermakers taking a one-point decision in overtime at Mackey Arena. This will be MSU’s third straight trip to the title game and fourth in five years. It last won it in 2014. If the Spartans win the championship, they would seem to have a good chance to be a No. 1 seed. Maryland figures to
Minnesota clinched the regular-season Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday. The Golden Gophers (9-0) placed first with 197.425 points at the Big Five meet against Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers en route to their second regular-season title and first since 2014. During the Big Five meet, Minnesota was led by Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist. Mable finished second in the all-around competition with a score of 39.550. Mable scored a 9.925 on floor exercise, her highest scoring event of the day, and scored a 9.850 or higher in the other three events. Nordquist posted a perfect 10.000 on
INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue continues its push to it first Big Ten tourney title since 2009. And it can thank A.J. Hammons. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The big fella had 27 points and 11 boards, and when Michigan cut the Boilers’ lead to six midway through the second half, he was the guy who reasserted Purdue’s dominance. The Boilermakers will take on the winner of the No. 2 Michigan State-No. 3 Maryland game for the league title on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan may have done enough work in Indy to earn an at-large
And then there were two, and it will be No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan State in the 19th Big Ten tournament title game Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The fourth-seeded Boilermakers downed No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, to advance to their third Big Ten tourney final, while the second-seeded Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to move on to their second consecutive tourney title game. Purdue and Michigan State will face off at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, the final game before Selection Sunday. Michigan State, the highest-remaining seed, advanced to last season’s
It’s hard to believe that when Maryland and Michigan State faced off for the lone time in the regular season, on January 23 in East Lansing, the Terrapins were building a Final Four resume and the Spartans were riding a three-game losing streak, including two home losses. At the time, Michigan State was desperate for a win, let alone a signature win against an elite team. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Oh, how times have changed. Michigan State is everyone’s favorite to return to the Final Four, and Maryland arrived in Indy having lost four
It’s the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney, and, chances are, role players will play a significant role in helping guide their team to Sunday’s Big Ten final. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Who are a few likely candidates, considering recent play and semifinal matchups? Here are my picks! P.J. Thompson, Purdue. Purdue’s regular-season finale vs. Wisconsin had the feeling of a championship game. Both teams were battling for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue was hoping to make history with a school record 17th home win. A victory for Wisconsin would’ve probably
Illinois suspended point guard Jaylon Tate from the team Saturday after he was accused of striking his girlfriend in the face.