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The Big Ten announced Sunday night the bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago. Indiana, thanks to Sunday’s late comeback victory at Michigan, earned the No. 1 seed after claiming its first outright Big Ten title since 1993. See all of the seeds and Day 1 matchups in this post.
Late in Sunday’s game, it looked like Indiana was going to fall for the third time in four games. But then, Cody Zeller took over. The sophomore big man scored the game’s final six points, in the last 41 seconds, including the go-ahead bucket on a layup with 14 ticks remaining. The Wolverines had a couple shots at the the would-be game-winning bucket, but they couldn’t get the ball to go down. Watch the exciting finish here.
Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke‘s shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.
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.
Sparty is no stranger to bringing smiles to the faces of people around the Michigan State community. During a timeout in Sunday’s game vs. Northwestern, the Michigan State mascot had people cracking up at his failed dance moves. Let’s just say Sparty’s big feet got in his way. Watch Sparty tumble to the court after joining the dance team on the floor.
Drey Mingo scored 24 points, and Purdue won its second straight Big Ten tournament championship, beating Michigan State 62-47 on Sunday.