Big Ten Standings: Michigan State's Loss Keeps Michigan, Ohio State In Title Race

A lot has to happen, but Michigan is still in the race for its first Big Ten basketball title since 1986. The same goes for Ohio State. Both teams stayed alive thanks to Indiana's 70-55 victory over Michigan State on Tuesday night. The Spartans could have clinched an outright title with a victory, but since they lost, the door for a shared title remains open.

Because Ohio State plays at Michigan State on Sunday, the title picture is especially interesting. Michigan State has already clinched at least a share of the regular-season crown, and a win on Sunday would ensure an outright title. If Ohio State loses to Northwestern on Wednesday and Michigan slips up in one of its final two games, the Spartans would also be ensured an outright title.

If Michigan State were to lose on Sunday, it's possible there could be a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten. Ohio State can clinch a share of the title with a win against Northwestern and Michigan State, and Michigan can get to the top of the conference with wins at Illinois and Penn State if Michigan State loses.

It's possible that by the time Michigan State's game tips off against Ohio State that the Spartans will already be the outright champs, but for now, the hopes of a Big Ten title in Columbus and Ann Arbor are still alive.

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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