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No. 2 MSU came into the Big Ten tournament championship game Sunday with speculation that a win could earn MSU a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, especially with both Villanova and Virginia losing Saturday night in their conference championship games.
No.2 MSU beat No.13 Purdue 66-62 to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship for the second time in three years. MSU was led in the first half by senior guard Denzel Valentine with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
No.2 MSU leads No. 13 Purdue 36-26 at halftime of the Big Ten title game. MSU was led in the first half by senior guard Denzel Valentine with 10 points and senior forward Matt Costello with six points and four rebounds. Purdue was led by senior center A.J. Hammons with six points and five rebounds.
After defeating the No. 18 Maryland Terrapins in thrilling fashion Saturday afternoon, the No. 2 MSU men’s basketball team is on its way to the Big Ten Tournament championship game.The Spartans will now face the No. 13 Purdue Boilermakers in the championship.
Almost exactly two months ago, MSU was in a similar position to the one it found itself in Saturday afternoon.
The No. 2 MSU men's basketball team (28-5, 13-5 Big Ten) held off the No. 18 Maryland Terrapins (25-8, 12-6) in the semifinals of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament, to come away with a 64-61 victory.
Things were heated early as MSU junior guard Eron Harris and senior Maryland forward Jake Layman were issued a double-technical at the 18:31 mark of the first half.Emotions eventually settled down and MSU steadily
The No.3 seed Maryland Terrapins beat No. 11 seed Nebraska 97-86 Friday night to advance to take on No. 2 seed MSU who beat Ohio State 81-54 Friday night. The two teams will square-off Saturday at 3:30 p.m in Indianapolis.
After the clock hit zeros in No. 2 MSU's 81-54 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday night, Carlton Valentine, father of MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine, stood to his feet and delivered a message to his son's team."Hey, focus baby!" Carlton shouted from his front row seat to MSU's coaches and players.
No. 2 MSU beat Ohio State 81-54 Friday night to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and giving MSU a 3-0 season sweep of Ohio State. MSU was led by senior guard Denzel Valentine with 19 points nine rebounds and eight assists.
No. 2 MSU leads Ohio State at halftime XX-XX. MSU was led in the first half by senior guard Denzel Valentine with XX points.
The No. 7 seed Ohio State Buckeyes beat No. 10 seed Penn State Thursday night to advance to take on No. 2 seed MSU on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
For the third time in the span of less than three weeks, the No. 2 MSU men's basketball team (26-5, 13-5 Big Ten) is set to face the Ohio State Buckeyes (20-12, 11-7). This time, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Big Ten tournament following Ohio State's 79-75 victory against Penn State on Thursday.Tipoff from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is set for 6:30 p.m. Following MSU's last victory against Ohio State on March 5, Buckeye freshman guard JaQuan Lyle declared his belief that the Spartans are the best team in the country.And on Thursday, in looking ahead to his team's third meeting with MSU this season, Lyle, who finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Nittany Lions, once again reaffirmed those beliefs."I still believe that," Lyle said. "It's just a great basketball team led by great seniors.
Coming into the 2015-16 college basketball season, the No. 2 MSU men's basketball team (26-5,13-5 Big Ten) had a list of goals it wanted to achieve this year.And of those goals was to win the Big Ten regular season championship.
With the start of the Big Ten Tournament looming, here are 10 fun statistics about the tournament through the years.
MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine was named the 2015-16 Big Ten player of the year Monday night, according to a post season awards show televised on Big Ten Network.It's been quite the year for Valentine.
It's the same thing everyone says every year, MSU head coach Tom Izzo seems to have MSU rolling once March arrives.