Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60

In preseason, the Big Ten media picked Ohio State to finish 11th in the conference following the departure of Marc Loving, JaQuan Lyle, and Trevor Thompson, as well as head coach Thad Matta, from a team that finished 17-15 last season.

Michigan State will be playing for a spot in the Big Ten tournament title game for the fourth time in five years.

Cassius Winston hit a go-ahead jumper wi - Cassius Winston hit a go-ahead jumper with 7:17 to play and No. 2 Michigan State won its 13th straight game Friday, beating Wisconsin 63-60 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Spartans got as close as two points twice after that, but MI extended its lead late to secure a season sweep of its in-state foe in the second Big Ten Tournament meeting between the programs.

“I wouldnt say a comfort, but were doing better in those situations, ” Winston said of surviving in close games.

The Badgers, who had won five of their last seven games, had a chance to tie in the waning seconds. The Spartans got on-top for good when Matt McQuaid hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining. He missed a 1-and-1 seconds later. He needs 2 more to become the 49th 1,000-point scorer in school history and the fifth player in school history to score 1,000 points in their first two seasons. Wagner leads MI with an average of 14.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while Simpson leads the Wolverines in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. Miles Bridges had 20 points for the Spartans, who trailed by four before closing the first half on an 8-0 run. They rarely got into transition and didn't get going until scoring the final eight points to lead 32-28.

Wisconsin was called for 10 fouls in the half and Happ spent the final 7:46 on the bench with nine points after picking up his second.

The state of MI invaded Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, but Moe Wagner was nowhere to be found.

  • Anthony Vega