Michigan State cruised past rival Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, 69-55, Sunday to claim the 2014 Big Ten tourney. On the way to the team’s second Big Ten tourney final in the last three seasons and its fourth overall, the Spartans compiled several impressive highlights. None were better than Gary Harris crossover and powerful dunk before halftime and Branden Dawson’s fastbreak flush. Watch both plays in this post. VIDEO: The crossover! The emphatic flush! It's hard not to LOVE this Gary Harris @MSU_Basketball play. WATCH http://t.co/JLndNJSJCF — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) March 16, 2014 VIDEO: On a scale of
Six Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, including Nebraska, which is back in the field for the first time since 1998. The other Big Ten teams include Iowa, Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. See each team’s draw in this post. [ MORE: View the NCAA tourney bracket ] IOWA – No. 11 Midwest Region https://twitter.com/IowaHoops/status/445325419886047233 MICHIGAN – No. 2 Midwest Region No. 2 Michigan will face No. 15 Wofford on Thursday in Milwaukee (Midwest region). Let's dance. pic.twitter.com/WM7xImEccg — Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 16, 2014 MICHIGAN STATE
The Michigan State Spartans were crowned Big Ten Tournament champions on Sunday after a memorable 69-55 victory over in-state rival Michigan. BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman was on hand and captured some images during the Spartans’ Big Ten Title celebration. Enjoy, Spartan fans!
(AP) Adreian Payne scored 18 points and Gary Harris and Branden Dawson added 15 each to lead No. 22 Michigan State to its second Big Ten tournament title in three years with a 69-55 upset of No. 8 Michigan on Sunday. The third-seeded Spartans (26-8) are getting healthy and will have some momentum entering the NCAA tournament with four wins in five games. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | DIENHART | ALL SCORES | CONNECT ] VIDEO: Here's our postgame interview with @MSU_Basketball's #B1GTourney MOP Branden Dawson. WATCH – http://t.co/zJeqjzZBAS — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) March
The crew from “The Journey” continues to cover the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament for an upcoming TV episode, but they’re also posting a bunch of photos to the show’s Instagram page. Here are a few shots from Friday with more to come. Get them all on their page. One of 7 #btnjourney camera perches at #b1gtourney Champ Game. A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney) on Mar 16, 2014 at 1:07pm PDT Spotlight intros. Big stage. #b1gtourney #btnjourney @michiganbasketball @statebasketball A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney) on Mar 16, 2014 at 12:34pm PDT What they are playing for today. #b1gtourney #btnjourney
On Friday morning, we checked in with the Easy Bubble Solver, a quick and easy way to get the lay of the land as pertains to the NCAA tournament bubble. Two days later, the landscape has changed. Let’s reset the Easy Bubble Solver for one last look before the selection committee puts all speculation to rest this evening. Here is the NCAA tournament field according to Easy Bubble Solver (excluding automatic bid teams that ranked below 49th): KenPom Rank RPI Rank EBS EBS Rank Team 1 1 2 1 Arizona 3 2 5 2 Florida 4 4 8 3 Wichita
This will be the first time that Michigan and Michigan State will meet in the Big Ten tourney. And, it seems fitting that the initial encounter between these rivals should take place in the title game. It’s No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 3 Michigan State on Sunday. Michigan is aiming for its first Big Ten tourney title since winning the inaugural event in 1998. That’s only time the Wolverines have been in the final. Michigan State won this event the last time it was in Indianapolis in 2012. The Spartans also won in 1999 and 2000. The Wolverines won both
INDIANAPOLIS–I’d like to be one of the first to welcome back Michigan State. I have missed the Spartans. The Big Ten tourney has been Michigan State’s chance to trumpet its return from what largely was a moribund regular season that saw the Spartans go 12-6 in Big Ten play. That’s good by some school’s standards. But not for MSU. The postseason is the second season, a do-over. And the Spartans are taking advantage. First, they blasted No. 11 seed Northwestern on Friday, 67-51. But Michigan State was even more impressive Saturday in dispatching No. 2 seed Wisconsin, 83-75. “I think
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. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] 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
Michigan State rode some hot jump-shooting to an eight-point win over Wisconsin in Saturday’s second semifinal. Right out of the gate, the Spartans were deadly accurate with their perimeter shooting, and there was little the Badgers could do to slow them. Michigan State poured in 43 points in a 27 possession first half, and, when combined with some stout interior defense spearheaded by Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson, it gave the Spartans a 17-point halftime advantage. To Wisconsin’s credit, the team came out with better energy and execution in the second half, but Michigan State just kept hitting shots anyway.