Michigan State Spartans
After a slow start that resulted in a 20-9 deficit, the Michigan State Spartans went on a 26-5 run to close the first half and never looked back in a 65-52 win over the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday at the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
It figures that in a tournament that was completely up for grabs, the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals for the first time in Big Ten Tournament history.
After addressing the game, Izzo set aside time to specifically address Illinois’ decision to fire Bruce Weber. And wow, he had a lot to say.
Adam Hoge gives his predictions for this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament.
A look at what’s at stake for all 12 Big Ten teams as well as a look at the best matchups and other analysis.
Here are my All-Big Ten teams as well as my official USBWA All-American ballot and my votes for the Oscar Robinson Trophy (player of the year), Henry Iba Award (coach for the year) and Wayman Tisdale Award (freshman of the year):
Coach John Beilein had his assistants dig into the Michigan history books this week to give his players an extra bit of motivation.
William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left, lifting No. 10 Ohio State to a 72-70 win over No. 5 Michigan State on Sunday, forging a three-way tie for the Big Ten title.
Cody Zeller scored 18 points and Victor Oladipo added 13, leading No. 18 Indiana past No. 5 Michigan State 70-55 on Tuesday night, its third victory over a top five team this season.
Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Austin Thornton scored a career-high 17 points to lead No. 7 Michigan State past short-handed Purdue 76-62 Sunday.
Purdue has kicked guard Kelsey Barlow off the men’s basketball team and suspended D.J. Byrd for a game following an incident at a bar early Friday.
Draymond Green had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 9 Michigan State to a 64-54 win over No. 23 Michigan on Sunday, backing up his guarantee of a victory.
In Chicago for Big Ten coaches meetings, Ohio State Urban Meyer issued a statement responding to questionable recruiting tactics alleged by Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.
Welcome to college football in 2012, Big Ten. The rest of the country has been waiting for you.
Brandon Paul shook off a poor-shooting game to score 18 points, including two free throws with 45 seconds left that gave Illinois the lead in a 42-41 victory over No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Adam Hoge takes an early look at the 2012 college football season and reveals his top 25 teams for next season.
Stu Douglass made a layup with 36.5 seconds remaining, and No. 20 Michigan held on through a wild final sequence to edge No. 9 Michigan State 60-59 on Tuesday night.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo fretted during practice that some of his younger players would have a difficult time adjusting to the tempo and unique style of Northwestern’s offense.
Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and one touchdown and Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime, giving No. 12 Michigan State a 33-30 victory over No. 18 Georgia in the Outback Bowl on Monday.
I offer up this proposal to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany: If game attendance and ticket demand in Indy doesn’t improve markedly the next few years, the Big Ten should bring its football championship to Chicago’s Soldier Field in 2016.