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.
The conference said Friday it has reached out to members to see if they are interested “in beginning a national discussion regarding a year of readiness for student-athletes.”
Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine celebrated Feb. 14 in style, sinking a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining to give Michigan State a 59-56 victory over No. 23 Ohio State.
Down by three to Michigan late Thursday night, Illinois needed the ball and they needed a basket.
The Spartans finished 7 of 18 at the line, showing why they entered the game 14th in the conference in free throws and 321st in the nation.
The national champion Buckeyes were again, and predictably, the best in the Big Ten in this year’s recruiting class.
Tom Izzo sounded glad the game was over.
Although neither team is ranked, Sunday’s game is still a big one with potential NCAA tournament implications.