Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift No. 10 Michigan State to a 71-61 win over Northwestern on Sunday night. The Spartans (24-7, 13-5) were eliminated from Big Ten title contention early in their game when Indiana beat Michigan, and Michigan State struggled to put away the undermanned Wildcats.
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Before the Big Ten’s final two regular-season games tip, let’s take a look at how the results will impact Big Ten tournament seeds. Here’s what we know before Indiana-Michigan and Northwestern-Michigan State close out the Big Ten’s regular season: Indiana is the No. 1 seed, Northwestern is No. 11, and only seeds 3-5 are up for grabs.
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The Big Ten will put on bow on the regular season this weekend, capping what has been a wild and wondrous ride during a season that has seen Indiana and Michigan each hold the No. 1 ranking at some point. And Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota all have been ranked in the top 10 at various points this season.
In what amounted to an elimination game for a potentially shared Big Ten title, Michigan State steamrolled Wisconsin by 15 points. This game was certainly no work of art, as both teams struggled mightily to score in the half court set. The defense had the upper hand at both ends of the court, but the difference came in the form of Wisconsin live-ball turnovers.
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Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago.
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Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title.