Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has never shied away from fanning the rivalry flames between Michigan State and Michigan.
Michigan State led 57-46 after going on a 17-5 run midway through the second half, only to have Wisconsin come back.
Travis Trice scored 20 points as Michigan State rallied to beat No. 8 Maryland, 62-58, on Saturday in the Big Ten semifinals.
Travis Trice scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as the Spartans (22-10) advanced to the Big Ten semifinals for the fifth straight year.
The Wolverines (15-15, 8-10 Big Ten) finished a disappointing regular season on a positive note, winning for only the second time in their last nine games.
The Spartans (21-10, 11-6) have won two straight and six of eight as they try to earn the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament.
Wisconsin wasn’t about to let up after clinching at least a tie for the Big Ten title last weekend.
No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.
The Wolverines went 19 for 52 from the floor, including 5 for 21 beyond the arc, in losing for the sixth time in seven games.
Last season, Michigan State lost to two teams: Oregon and Ohio State, who matched up against one another in the national championship game.