Michigan vs. Michigan State basketball

The Michigan Wolverines celebrate with the trophy after the Wolverines defeated the Wisconsin Badgers to win the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game

The Michigan Wolverines celebrate with the trophy after the Wolverines defeated the Wisconsin Badgers to win the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game

Nicole Munger scored 20 points for MI (21-11), which fumbled away an inbounds pass and a chance for the win with 1.5 seconds left.

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These teams met two weeks ago at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, where the Spartans took down MI, 77-70.

After the game, MI head coach John Beilein didn't mince words or make excuses. However, with today's win over the Spartans, the Terps go to 4-0 against Michigan State in postseason play. The Big Ten freshman of the year candidate fouled out with 20 points and Jordan Poole scored just five of his 15 points in the second half.

In the second half no one was getting the ball down low to Teske and instead they were settling.

"It might be one of the best nights of basketball for the year", Izzo said.

Maryland will move on to the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

"I thought we had a chance to win the game", MI coach Kim Barnes Arico said. Let's just talk about that.

For the first time since December 10 against Loyola, Lewis got the start in the place of freshman Shakira Austin to add some additional ball handling against the Michigan State Spartans, who held the Terps to 60 points in the first matchup. He only had four points in the first matchup, odds are he has a much better game here.

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Jones has resisted the temptation to start Dan Robson against the Azzurri, with Ben Youngs and Farrell continuing at half-back. They are fitter, physically stay in the contest a lot longer and they are quite unpredictable in the way they attack.

But, beyond that, the Wolverines offense went cold for a series of extremely long stretches, with MSU scoring at will on the other end.

A week earlier, Izzo granted captaincy to Winston, the Spartans' leader in points, assists, steals, and 3-pointers. He did that despite Ward lobbying to play during the game.

Why did it happen, though?

MI will look to Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis to carry the load. But with a short line, taking a chance here on either team could be a nice play.

"I nearly gave in, but I didn't", Izzo said. "I really believed that so we made the decision we made the decision we made".

"They only made six threes. So we have three reasons to put this game in utmost importance". But they got to the foul line like insane.

There's plenty more at stake, too. But it was the ninth-ranked Spartans' game in the second half of the Big Ten regular season title-deciding game Saturday night. But the tournaments await, and now this team has seen it all, and been through a lot more than it looked like it would early in the season. That loss is why MI is ahead of MSU in the standings. The game is also going to determine who will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next week in Chicago.

Even though it lost in a similar fashion to MSU last time around.

"He'll go through warmups and he'll let us know how he feels", Beilein said. We didn't show - we won at Villanova.

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