INDIANAPOLIS-Michigan State is hungry for its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1987 season. It also is motivated to earn some respect. This is a program that has the best league record in the Big Ten over the past four years. This is a program that has won 10-games in consecutive seasons for the first time ever and is aiming for its first back-to-back Big Ten titles since 1965-66.
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Several Big Ten teams around the conference were in action on Friday night, including the Ohio State men’s hockey team. The Buckeyes welcomed Lake Superior State to Value City Arena and skated to a 5-2 win. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for highlights from Michigan State’s hockey game against Bowling Green, a wrestling showdown between Illinois and Iowa and basketball highlights from Northwestern’s game against Mississippi Valley State.
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The first meeting between Michigan State and Wisconsin was an epic encounter that most consider to be the game of the year in the Big Ten. The Badgers raced to a 14-0 lead before seeing the Spartans go on a tear to lead 23-14 at halftime. Michigan State pushed its lead to 31-17 early in the fourth quarter before Wisconsin rallied to tie the game, 31-31.
There were five games on Thursday night as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge concluded, including Miami visiting Michigan State. Morgan Stroman scored 20 points in a near-perfect shooting night to lead Miami past Michigan State 76-60. Watch the highlights now and get the latest on our full scoreboard page with box scores here.
Two nights does not a season make, but the Big Ten certainly boosted their reputation as the nation’s preeminent basketball conference by wrapping up the Big Ten/ACC Challenge by an 8-4 margin. But beyond the scope of the Challenge, there are resumes to be built here–let’s see who hurt and helped their cause this week.