McQuaid, Winston lead Michigan State over Michigan

The Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan.	 David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Spartans were placed in the same region as Duke, the top overall seed in the entire field, despite winning the Big Ten Tournament and a share of the regular season title.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had one simple question for his team. He had 7 3-pointers in the game.

MI had some blowout wins in its ideal start, beating Villanova by 27 on the road and topping North Carolina by 17 at home before blowing out Purdue in the teams' Big Ten opener.

The two teams will face off in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night, and like previous year, it will be a late affair.

After all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by MI (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season. Jordan Poole added 13 and Jon Teske added 10.

SAINT LOUIS 55, ST. BONAVENTURE 53: Saint Louis (23-12) rallied from 15-point, first-half deficit, locking down St. Bonaventure (18-16) in the second half of the Atlantic 10 championship game to secure an NCAA tournament bid.

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After all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by MI (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season.

It was announced on Sunday night that No. 2 MI would have a rematch against the No. 15 Montana Griz in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, the same team the Wolverines faced in the round of 64 a year ago.

On Sunday, fans of Michigan and Michigan State will get exactly what they wished for as the Wolverines and Spartans will square off for the Big Ten Tournament Championship. I'm glad we don't have a week or two weeks to sit there and think about that last game.

Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play. He will have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down.

Ahrens landed awkwardly when he collided in midair with Goins going for a defensive rebound with 4:34 left in the first half.

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