Big Ten Tournament 2012: Michigan State Edges Ohio State For Title

Michigan State is the champion of the 2012 Big Ten tournament. The Spartans beat Ohio State 68-64 in the championship game on Sunday.

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Big Ten Championship 2012: Michigan State Wins Championship, Beating Ohio State 68-64

The Michigan State Spartans almost had sole possession of the Big Ten regular season title, but were faltered by Ohio State on the last day of the season as the Buckeyes won a last second thriller to force a three way title share. Michigan State got their revenge in the Big Ten Tournament final, winning 68-64 to take the conference's championship.

The first half featured bad rebounding by Michigan State, but good bench play and far better three point shooting than Ohio State had, which led to a 34-32 lead.

Brandon Wood, almost invisible in the first half, turned it on big time in the second frame as the game began to shift into a game of runs. Both teams picked up ten or more point streaks only to see the opposition put together a streak of their own, which kept the game close but with ever-shifting lead changes.

The Spartans defense had a great showing in the second half when they kept the Buckeyes from scoring for five straight minutes going into the final four minutes of the game, but the offense wasn't able to take advantage as Michigan State only were able to put a five point lead up at most.

WIth just under two minutes remaining, Draymond Green hit a huge three pointer that gave Michigan State a 67-62 and the Spartans never looked back from that point. Ohio State's late baskets wouldn't fall and the Spartans were able to time waste well enough to keep the game out of reach despite a late comeback attempt thanks to some missed free throws. The final score was 68-64 in favor of the Spartans.

Brandon Wood was the MVP for the Spartans, getting 21 poins and a rebound along with two assists. Wood was the only player to score over 20 from either team.

Neither team was expected to get a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament bracket, but after the loss by North Carolina in their tournament final the Spartans may just have a chance as selection Sunday goes along.

For more on the Michigan State Spartans, visit The Only Colors. For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, head to Along The Olentangy. For more March Madness coverage, be sure to check out SB Nation's NCAA Basketball hub.

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Big Ten Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan State, Ohio State To Meet In Championship Game

For the second time in a week, Michigan State and Ohio State will meet with a Big Ten title on the line. This time, on Sunday, the two teams will be playing for the Big Ten tournament title.

Last Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan State had a chance to win the regular-season title outright, whereas Ohio State needed a victory to earn a share of the regular-season crown. The Buckeyes ultimately triumphed in the game thanks to a clutch shot by William Buford with time running out, giving Ohio State the win and creating a tie at the top of the standings between OSU, MSU and Michigan.

Before Ohio State won last week, Michigan State had taken a game from the Buckeyes in Columbus. That 58-48 victory for the Spartans occurred on Feb. 11 and put them in front in the title race. Ohio State got revenge for that last week, and now Michigan State is looking to counter with some revenge of its own on Sunday in Indianapolis.

If the Spartans are victorious, it will be their third Big Ten tournament title in program history. They won back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000 and hadn't even been back to the final until this year.

Ohio State is looking for its third consecutive Big Ten tournament title. The Buckeyes haven't lost in the tournament since dropping the championship game in 2009 to Purdue. If the Buckeyes do win, it will be their program's fifth Big Ten tournament title (if you still count the one that was vacated in 2002).

Tip off for the 2012 Big Ten tournament championship game is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

For more, check out the 2012 Big Ten tournament bracket and our StoryStream. For more on the Michigan State Spartans, go to The Only Colors. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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Big Ten Tournament Bracket Update: Ohio State Blows Out Michigan To Advance To Final

For the third year in a row, Ohio State has sent Michigan packing in the Big Ten tournament. This year, the Buckeyes didn't need to stave off a late rally or rely on a buzzer beat. They flat out pounded Michigan and won 77-55. It was ugly from the very beginning, and Michigan had no answers for the Buckeyes.

Trey Burke picked a bad day to have the worst game of his career. One day after setting a career high against Minnesota, Burke was held to five points. To make matters worse for Burke, who shot 1-for-11 from the field, he turned the ball over a career-high eight times.

In addition to struggling on offense (Michigan shot a dismal 30.1 percent from the field), the Wolverines had no answer on defense for Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. Sullinger especially dominated the Wolverines by scoring 24 points and having his way in the paint. Thomas added 22 points, and Ohio State got 10 points from William Buford.

Ohio State now advances to the Big Ten tournament championship game for the fourth year in a row. There, the Buckeyes will take on Michigan State for the second time in a week. The Buckeyes stunned Michigan State in East Lansing a week ago to earn a share of the Big Ten title, and now the Spartans have a chance for revenge with the Big Ten tournament title on the line.

As for the Wolverines, they will now wait for Selection Sunday to see where they are headed in the NCAA tournament. A No. 3 seed seems likely, and the Wolverines could very well end up being placed in Columbus for the second and third round, although the ugly loss on Saturday will certainly do them no favors.

For more, check out the 2012 Big Ten tournament bracket and our StoryStream. For more on the Michigan Wolverines, go to Maize n Brew. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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Big Ten Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan State Dominates Wisconsin, Advances To Championship Game

For the first time since 2000, Michigan State is headed to the Big Ten tournament championship game. Early on in the Spartans' semifinal game against Wisconsin, it looked like Michigan State's drought was going to continue. Then the Spartans turned the game around and never looked back. They went on a 26-5 run to close out the first half and kept their hot streak going in the second half en route to a 65-52 victory.

After starting off this game on a 9-0 run, Wisconsin appeared to be in pretty good shape. At the very least, Michigan State was on its toes early. It looked like it could be a long day for the Spartans, but they weren't about to let this game get too far out of control. Once things calmed down, Michigan State got its big run started around eight minutes into the half. Fueled by three straight three pointers by Austin Thornton, Michigan State scored 13 points in a row and ended up leading 35-25 at halftime.

In the second half, it was more of the same from the Spartans, although Wisconsin did make a run of its own to cut the lead down to six points. Draymond Green stopped the run with a three-point play, and Keith Appling hit a three a couple possessions later. The lead grew back to 12 and that was basically all she wrote. Michigan State charged away and went on to win 65-52.

Michigan State got a pretty balanced effort in this victory. Green led the scoring with 14 points and also grabbed 16 rebounds. Appling added 13 points of his own and Thornton scored 12 points on four three pointers. Derrick Nix had nine points for Michigan State, as did Brandon Wood.

Michigan State now awaits the winner of the Michigan/Ohio State game, which is the second semifinal of the day in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes are looking to return to the Big Ten tournament championship game for the fourth year in a row, and Michigan is trying to get to the final for the first time since 1998.

Sunday's title game will tip off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

For more, check out the 2012 Big Ten tournament bracket and our StoryStream. For more on the Michigan State Spartans, go to The Only Colors. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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Michigan Vs. Minnesota Final Score: Wolverines Survive With 73-69 Overtime Win

The Michigan Wolverines survived a big scare from Minnesota in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. Battling their way back, Michigan escaped in overtime with a 73-69 win.

Minnesota came out of the gate showing upset. The tenth seed jumped out to an 11-3 lead over the second seed with 11 minutes to play in the first half. Michigan worked their way back into the game, trailing by just three at the half.

Then things got really exciting.

Zack Novak and Evan Smotrycz came up big for Michigan at the end of regulation. Novak hit a three-pointer to close the gap to 56-53 with 1:14 left. He then grabbed the rebound on an Elliott Eliason jumped to get the ball back in Michigan's hands. Jordan Morgan got an offensive rebound on Novak's shot to keep possession. Smotrycz got the ball from Stu Douglas and hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 19 seconds left on the clock.

Michigan started overtime with an 8-1 edge, but the Gophers took a page from their opponents playbook, using a pair of three-pointers to put themselves back in striking distance. Ultimately, it was not enough.

Trey Burke led Michigan with 30 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. had another 20.

Michigan's 9-16 advantage in turnovers ultimately helped them play their way back into the game, salvaging their chances at winning the Big Ten tournament.

Next, Michigan plays the winner of the Ohio State-Purdue game in the semifinals. That game is scheduled for approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

For more on the Wolverines, visit Maize n Brew. For the latest on the Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. For the latest on the Big Ten Tournament, stick with this StoryStream. For complete coverage of Championship Week and Selection Sunday, visit SB Nation's College Basketball Hub.

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Big Ten Tournament 2012, Michigan State Vs. Iowa Final Score: Hot Shooting Leads Spartans Past Hawkeyes, 92-75

The Michigan State Spartans advance to the semifinals with an easy win against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday afternoon, 92-75.

If it weren't for a seven minute scoreless drought, the Spartans may have broken 100 points. They were up around 70-percent shooting for most of the game, but finished at 58-percent. The Hawkeyes shot 10-for-20 from long distance, but finished the game at just 44-percent shooting.

Draymond Green was the game's leading scorer with 21 points and he also grabbed 10 rebounds. Adreian Payne added 16 points.

Michigan State will play the winner of the Wisconsin-Indiana game tipping off in about 20 minutes. The full 2012 Big Ten tournament bracket can be found at the link.

For more on the Michigan State Spartans, check out The Only Colors. The opposing perspective can be found at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should also check out SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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Big Ten Tournament 2012 Bracket, Schedule Announced

The bracket and schedule are set for the 2012 Big Ten tournament. The action will tip off in Indianapolis next Thursday at 11:30 a.m. between Iowa and Illinois, with the winner set to meet Michigan State a day later. It will continue with games between Indiana and Penn State, Northwestern and Minnesota and Purdue and Nebraska. For Michigan, it will take on the Northwestern/Minnesota winner on Friday.


Related: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State tie for Big Ten regular-season title

Here's a look at the full schedule for the 2012 Big Ten tournament (all times Eastern):

Thursday, March 8

Game 1: No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Illinois (11:30 a.m., BTN)

Game 2: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State (2 p.m., BTN)

Game 3: No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Minnesota (5:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Game 4: No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Nebraska (8 p.m., ESPN2)

Friday, March 9

Game 5: No. 1 Michigan State vs. Game 1 winner (Noon, ESPN)

Game 6: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Game 2 winner (2:30 p.m., ESPN)

Game 7: No. 2 Michigan vs. Game 3 winner (6:30 p.m., BTN)

Game 8: No. 3 Ohio State vs. Game 4 winner (9 p.m., BTN)

Saturday, March 10

Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (1:40 p.m., CBS)

Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (4:10 p.m., CBS)

Sunday, March 11

Championship Game: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner (3:30 p.m. CBS)

You can take a look at the full Big Ten tournament bracket here, and make sure to stay tuned to our Big Ten tournament StoryStream all week for full coverage of all the action in Indy.

For more on the Michigan State Spartans, go to The Only Colors. For more on the Michigan Wolverines, go to Maize n Brew. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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