No. 4 seed Michigan State held off fifth-seeded Michigan 62-46 to advance to the Saturday’s semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. It’s the Spartans eighth trip to the semifinals in the past 10 seasons.
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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.
Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 10 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night and stay in the Big Ten race. The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana with one game left in the regular season.
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All 12 Big Ten women’s basketball teams head to Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the Sears Centre Arena for the annual Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament with champion scoring the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The first 10 games of the tournament will be televised by BTN & BTN2Go.
In the latest web-only edition of the “BTN Wrestling Report,” Kara Lentz talks with BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons to preview the Big Ten Championships that are set for Saturday-Sunday at the University of Illinois. Lentz and Gibbons preview each weight class and talk about what each team needs to do to win the team title.
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