(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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.