Big Ten Tournament Championship: Michigan State Beats Ohio State 68-64

For the first time since 2000, Michigan State is the champion of the Big Ten tournament. The Spartans beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in a thrilling game on Sunday to win the title.

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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.


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

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