(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.
The lid is being taken off the James Franklin era. And it’s an exciting time. He brings energy and enthusiasm—not to mention a strong resume that saw him win 24 games in three seasons at Vanderbilt—to State College.
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Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was another exciting one, highlighted by plenty of outstanding individual performances. The Big Ten’s stars shined the brightest on the biggest stage, setting up a much-anticipated championship matchup between in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Saturday team from Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS–I’d like to be one of the first to welcome back Michigan State. I have missed the Spartans.
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.