Fresh off a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl victory, the Michigan State Spartans are expecting big things in the 2014 season.
U of M will take on the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday night in Indianapolis, while Michigan State will clash with Virgina in New York City.
When Michigan State soundly defeated Michigan in the finale of the Big Ten tournament Sunday, the “I told you so” party started immediately.
The Spartans and the Wolverines won their semi-final games to advance to the Big Ten Title game Sunday.
The Spartans have dropped two straight and six of their last 10 games.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.
A desperation 3 by Michigan State from midcourt banged off the rim as time expired, and the Wisconsin faithful erupted with applause.
Keith Appling scored 16 points and No. 7 Michigan State outlasted No. 15 Iowa 71-69 in overtime Tuesday night.
Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Michigan State past Illinois 78-62 on Saturday.
The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.