Michigan State seniors Goins, McQuaid emerge as standouts
Mar 21 2019
But the Wolverines did take their lumps in conference play, losing five games-although four came on the road and two were against Big Ten regular season co-champion Michigan State.
The Spartans (27-6) will go for their sixth Big Ten tournament title on Sunday against two-time defending champion MI.
Top-seeded Michigan State (28-6) scored the game's final 10 points to capture its first championship since 2016.
Unfortunately, for Michigan's sake, Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston is still playing for the Spartans, just like he was on February 24 and March 9.
MI was led by Ignas Brazdeikis with 19 points.
Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Auburn, and Danjel Purifoy added 10.
The Michigan Wolverines are also headed to Des Moines, but they are the #2 seed in the West bracket and will play Montana. Michigan State advances to the Big Ten Championship Game, which will take place Sunday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago.
When asked what part of Winston's game keeps him up at night, Michigan Assistant Coach Luke Yaklich, who was instrumental in the Wolverines' defensive improvement over the last two years, said it's "when he's in uniform".
That puts Michigan State in the same region as No. 1 seed Duke while LSU is the No. 3 seed.
Henry made a free throw and missed hit the second, making it a three-point game. Poole then appeared to get bumped by Winston - Michigan State had a foul to give - just before he launched a long 3 off the dribble, but there was no call.
Ahrens' left ankle bent awkwardly and he immediately fell to the ground in pain.
Michigan: The Wolverines have their sights set on another big NCAA run after losing to Villanova in the championship game previous year. Michigan State has 50 assists on 72 field goals (69.4 percent) across its past three outings while Michigan has assists on 55 of 85 field goals (64.7 percent) during its past three games.