No. 10 Michigan State win against No. 22 Wisconsin, stays in Big Ten race
The Big Ten race is still going and No. 10 Michigan State made the statement that they are still in it with their win against No. 22 Wisconsin Thursday night, 58-43.
Keith Appling led the Michigan State Spartans with 19 points, reports the Detroit Free Press.
For the Spartans to be in a possible four-way tie for the Big Ten title, they need Michigan to beat Indiana on Sunday, which is also the day of last regular season game for the Spartans against Northwestern. The four-way tie would feature Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
With their loss to Michigan State, Wisconsin is now out of the title race. The Badgers only shot at 29.4 percent in Thursday’s game and had 17 turnovers.
Badgers coach Bo Ryan is not disappointed in his team for losing the chance to win the Big Ten title, reports the Associated Press.
He said, “With this team and what they’ve done, I’m not trading them. These guys have been working extremely hard.”
The Spartans made some great plays to stay ahead of the Badgers. Adreian Payne missed a dunk and landed on his back but did not let that distract him. He grabbed the loose ball and called a time out.
His coach Tom Izzo was so proud of him making that decision. “It’s fun to see somebody grow as a person; he would’ve never done that as a freshman. That kind of reminded me of the teams I used to have. It got the crowd going, it got the players going and it got the coaches going.”
It was not a pretty game. It began with some terrible shooting from both sides. By half time there was not a single player on either team that had more than six points.
Things changed in the second half. The Badgers got within five points and after that they went over seven minutes without scoring a single point. The Spartans then took advantage of the Badgers with a lead of 41-20.
Once Wisconsin started making plays again it was too late, Michigan State had taken a large lead and were back in the game.
Sunday will be an interesting day for all of college basketball, especially for those four teams still in the running for the Big Ten title.