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Mar 12, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Rasheed Sulaimon (0) reacts in dejection as Michigan State Spartans players celebrate their win during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Maryland 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom's Take: My best from Big Ten tourney semifinal action

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.

Feb 9, 2016; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) drives to the basket against Purdue Boilermakers forward Caleb Swanigan (50) at Mackey Arena. Purdue defeats Michigan State 82-81 in overtime.

Big Ten tourney final preview: No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Purdue

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

Mar 12, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) rebounds against Maryland Terrapins forward Robert Carter (4) after MeloTrimble (2) missed the potential game winning shot during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Maryland 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: All-Saturday team

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

Mar 12, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Rasheed Sulaimon (0) reacts in dejection as Michigan State Spartans players celebrate their win during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Maryland 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Michigan State holds off Maryland in Big Ten tourney semis

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

Mar 12, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) dribbles the ball against the Maryland Terrapins during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Catch up on Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinal games

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

Jan 17, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) shoots a three point shot as Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) defends during the second half at Xfinity Center. Maryland Terrapins defeated Michigan State Spartans 75-59. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Settles: Three keys to Maryland-Michigan State Big Ten tourney semi

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

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Settles: 3 under-the-radar players in Big Ten tourney semifinals

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

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Four on the Floor: Big Ten tourney moves to semifinals

And then there were four. We recap all of the Big Ten Men's Basketball action from Friday with video, top moments, and more. Maryland scored a tourney record number of points, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. set an assist record, and four teams move just one win away from Sunday's championship.

Mar 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) makes a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: All-Friday team

The quarterfinal round of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We saw an upset win by No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, blowout victories by Purdue and Michigan State in Games 2 and 3, and Maryland hold on to a win in the nightcap. With four games on the slate, Big Ten fans got the chance to see plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Friday teams from the third day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. We did it Wednesday and Thursday,

Mar 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Gavin Schilling (34) dunks against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Dienhart: Michigan State flexes, advances to semifinals

Michigan State arrived in Indy as the hottest team in the Big Ten. And, the Spartans show no signs of cooling off. Tonight’s 81-54 demolition of No. 7 Ohio State was impressive. It was the third time Michigan State had beaten Ohio State since Feb. 24. Tom Izzo’s squad looks to be peaking at just the right time. MSU will play the winner of No. 3 Maryland-No. 11 Nebraska on Saturday for the right to play for the Big Ten tourney title. The Buckeyes’ season ends with a thud. Despite a 20-13 overall mark and an 11-7 Big Ten record,