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.
(AP) Adreian Payne scored 18 points, Branden Dawson had 14 and No. 22 Michigan State beat No. 12 Wisconsin 83-75 on Saturday to reach the Big Ten tournament championship. The third-seeded Spartans (25-8) won consecutive games for the first time since winning 11 straight in a stretch over December and January. They will face No. 8 Michigan in the final on Sunday. The Spartans went on a 16-1 run in the first half and took a 37-16 lead when Gary Harris scored with 5:39 left before halftime. Frank Kaminsky had 28 points for Wisconsin. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX
College basketball fans were treated to another outstanding day of the Big Ten tournament. In addition to some great games, we had plenty of exceptional individual performances on the hardwood. With four more games in the book and an exciting semifinal round set up for Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Friday team from Day Two of the tourney. [ MORE: Which team impressed the most in Friday’s semifinals? ] DIENHART’S ALL-FRIDAY TEAM: Ben Brust, Wisconsin. He notched a career-high 29 points, more than any other player on this day. The sharp-shooting guard
The Big Ten tourney semifinal field is set, and it will be No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Michigan State. Hard to complain about those matchups, huh? Get Tom Dienhart’s previews to both games, plus vote for your winners, in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State The skinny on Michigan: The Wolverines were pushed to the max by No. 9 Illinois before carving out a 64-63 victory after the Illini’s final shot lipped off the rim.
We had plenty of outstanding performances in Friday’s Big Ten Tournament action. Michigan notched a win over Illinois on a game-winning shot. Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Nebraska. And both Wisconsin and Michigan State looked outstanding in blowout wins over Minnesota and Northwestern, respectively. So, we ask: Which Big Ten team had the most impressive performance on Friday? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman debate that question here. [ MORE: Get Merriman’s Best of Day 2 at the Big Ten tourney ] Merriman: I’m going with Michigan State, simply because
Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We had close games, blowout games and some incredible individual performances. Either way, it sets up what should be two outstanding semifinals Saturday, with Michigan vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: No. 5 Ohio State beating No. 4 Nebraska, 71-67. The Buckeyes, the reigning Big Ten tourney champs, trailed by
As expected, Michigan State had little trouble bumping Northwestern from the Big Ten tournament in Friday’s final quarterfinal. The Wildcats did manage to hang around for a bit early – the game was tied after eight minutes of action – but the remainder of the first half was all Spartans. Michigan State raced out to an 18-point halftime lead, and the outcome was never in doubt. Gary Harris played a very nice all-around game, as he finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals, and no turnovers. Oh, and he did this too: VIDEO: You'll want to
Healthy again, Michigan State toppled Northwestern, 67-51, on Friday night in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. The win marked the third-seeded Spartans’ third win over the Wildcats this season. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to the game in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: With less than two minutes left in the first half, Travis Trice made a nice pass to Matt Costello, who finished with authority to give Michigan State a 35-20 edge. Then, after a Northwestern turnover, Denzel Valentine made a behind-the-back dish
(AP) Branden Dawson had 16 points and Gary Harris added 13 points to lead No. 22 Michigan State to a 67-51 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday night. The third-seeded Spartans (24-7), who lost 3 of 4 games heading into the contest, will face No. 12 Wisconsin in one semifinal on Saturday. Drew Crawford scored 21 points and Alex Olah finished with 10 for the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-19), who lost to the Spartans in the league tournament for the fourth time. Michigan State went on a 13-3 spurt in the first half and then extended the
It’s not often that a layup gets the attention of the basketball community, but that’s just what Gary Harris did with his crazy reverse layup in the second half of Friday night’s Big Ten tourney quarterfinal vs. Northwestern. Harris is no stranger to highlights in the Big Ten tourney, either. Remember this one from last year? Watch Harris’ latest impressive play in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Oh, wow! How nice was this Gary Harris @MSU_Basketball reverse layup? WATCH – http://t.co/DukS8IlG3P — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) March 15, 2014 Here’s a shot of Harris’ highlight: