Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

MSU, Michigan to face each other in Big Ten Tournament

MSU, Michigan to face each other in Big Ten Tournament

If Nebraska is left out, the Big Ten is looking at getting only four teams in the tournament, barring an upset victor at the Garden.

The ride to NY was delayed Thursday because the plane had to be de-iced. The top-seeded Spartans followed suit with a so-so start against Wisconsin on Friday, and they struggled most of the game.

“Coach and I have a really good relationship, ” said Wagner, who stood in front of the MI fans after the game and repeated waived his arms to encourage the celebration.

"Hannah was hitting shots and Kate (Cain) was blocking shots and that just fueled everybody else to step up and just be aggressive", said senior Jasmine Cincore, who made key defensive plays late. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 and Cassius Winston had 11, but the Spartans only crossed into double figures with the MI band revving the Maize and Blue faithful at Madison Square Garden with yet another version of “Hail To The Victors.”. The last two times have been tough.

“I wouldnt say a comfort, but were doing better in those situations, ” Winston said of surviving in close games.

Both players scored 25 points in the game, but it was Carr's dish to Josh Reaves that ended up winning the contest. "I still think we need to do a better job of putting ourselves in positions to try and win those games when we can kind of spread that lead out and get a comfortable lead". The Wolverines won the tourney a year ago.

"This group kept persevering and battling and getting better", Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard said.

The Rams (23-6, 15-3) squandered a 6-point lead in the final 41 seconds after missing the front end of three consecutive 1-and-1 free throws. Khalil Iverson missed a chance to finish off a three-point play with under three minutes to go and his team down 60-58.

Isaiah Roby led Nebraska with 18 points.

11 a.m.: No. 1 Michigan State vs. There were two scrums after hard fouls, a technical foul was called against the Spartans forward Nick Ward and referee Gene Steratore — yeah, the guy who led the officiating crew at the Super Bowl — lectured both Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Beilein after the nonsense.

“I think coming down the stretch in that championship game and how it felt, I think all the guys want that again more than anything, ” said Robinson, one of five players in double figures in the eighth straight win for No. 15 MI (27-7). McQuaids layup made it a seven-point game with five minutes to go.

A three-point play by senior guard Mike Williams allowed the Scarlet Knights to trail 56-55 with 11:38 to play. She had back-to-back offensive rebounds to give OSU a 1½-minute possession into the final minute. Wagner drove the baseline for a dunk late in the first half that helped the MI go up 34-24 at the break.

Wagner hit two free throws to give the Wolverines a 59-51 edge with 3:49 remaining.

MI trailed 29-26 at the half, but used a 10-2 burst to open the second half and take a 36-31 lead it never lost. The fifth-seeded Wolverines face top-seed Michigan State on Saturday in the first semifinal at Madison Square Garden.

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