February 25th, 2018





Winston carries Spartans as MSU clinches outright Big Ten title Spartan Mag
Michigan State didn’t follow a smooth script in defeating Wisconsin, 68-63, and clinching the outright Big Ten regular season championship Sunday in Madison, Wis., but Tom Izzo is happy to take it.

Alone at the top! MSU wins Big Ten title outright Detroit News
As it has for the better part of the last few weeks, turmoil swirled around the Michigan State basketball program on Sunday afternoon. And as it has for nearly the same amount of time, the second-ranked Spartans brushed aside the off-court noise. This time it came as the second-ranked Spartans were at the Kohl Center for their final regular-season game looking to lock up the outright Big Ten title.

Michigan State survives Wisconsin, 68-63 to win Big Ten title outright Detroit Free Press
A third outright Big Ten title did not come easy for Tom Izzo. And after a long few days, neither did Michigan State star Miles Bridges’ offense. It took Cassius Winston making all six of his 3-point shots and a late 11-2 run to deliver a 68-63 victory over Wisconson on Sunday at Kohl Center that gave the top-ranked Spartans the Big Ten regular-season championship all to themselves.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 68-63 win at Wisconsin and outright Big Ten title Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ win Sunday over the Badgers.

Michigan State tops Wisconsin to take Big Ten title outright MLive.com
No. 2 Michigan State beat Wisconsin, 68-63, on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center behind a strong closing stretch. In doing so, it captured the Big Ten regular season championship outright for the first time since 2009.

Michigan State secures No. 1 seed in B1G Tournament with win over Wisconsin isportsweb
No. 2 Michigan State (28-3, 16-2 B1G) finished off the regular season with its 12th-straight win after it knocked off Wisconsin (14-17, 7-11 B1G) 68-63 and claimed its first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 2009. With the win, the Spartans put a bow on their best regular season in program history. Before this season, MSU never had a season in which they won 26 or more games during the regular season.

Michigan State basketball claims outright Big Ten title with win over Wisconsin Land of 10
No. 2 Michigan State already had secured a share of the Big Ten title, and a 68-63 win over Wisconsin on Sunday gave the Spartans the outright conference crown. They’ve now won at least a share of the Big Ten title 14 times.

MSU beats Wisconsin 68-63, wins Big Ten title outright Spartan Tailgate
No. 2 Michigan State claimed its first outright Big Ten championship since 2009 with a 68-63 win at Wisconsin on Sunday to close out the regular season. The Spartans (28-3, 16-2) got 20 points from sophomore point guard Cassius Winston, who went 6-for-6 from 3-point range to overcome a career-high 30 points from Wisconsin freshman Brad Davison. Nick Ward scored 14 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 11 and Miles Bridges chipped in with 10, though he had a tough day while shooting 3-for-15 from the field.

No. 2 men’s basketball narrowly beats Badgers, wins Big Ten outright
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The men’s basketball team accomplished two things on Sunday against the Badgers: they snapped their three-game losing streak at Madison, Wisconsin, and clinched the Big Ten title outright for the first time since 2009.

3 takeaways: Miles Bridges finds a way despite rough outing Detroit Free Press
It wasn’t easy and rarely is at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin. Though in years past the difficulty always had to do with basketball, back when Bo Ryan routinely rolled out top 20 teams that got into Michigan State’s psyche. On Sunday, the struggle was about something else, about more negative headlines, and more questions, and how these young and talented Spartans would continue to navigate them.

No. 2/1 Michigan State Beats Wisconsin, 68-63, to Claim Big Ten Regular Season Title MSU Official
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 20 points and led four players in double figures as No. 2/1 Michigan State used a late second-half rally to pull away from Wisconsin for a 68-63 win at the Kohl Center. The win clinches the outright Big Ten Regular Season tile for the Spartans.

Takeaways from Michigan State Basketball’s win over Wisconsin isportsweb
Even with rumors swirling around Miles Bridges and his eligibility, Michigan State was able to was able to squeak out of Madison as outright Big Ten Champions. The Spartans defeated the Badgers 68-63.

Coaching Corner, +3/-3 for MSU vs. Wisconsin Detroit Sports and Entertainment
Outright B1G regular season champions. While you will hear some in the media and even fans demean the importance of that, don’t get stuck in that trap. You know who knows how hard and important that is? Players and coaches. They know it’s a 3-month grind and the ability to be the best over 18 games tells you a lot more than who plays well in a 3-5 day tournament. Don’t take any banner, any ring, any championship for granted.