On Senior Night with potentially two underclassmen - Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. - playing their final game at Michigan State, the Spartans were able to throttle IL, 81-61, and clinch the conference crown.
Penn State will have its hands full when the No. 17 Wolverines enter the building. Penn State defeated Ohio State 79-56. The Hawkeyes just don't have the talent to overcome their road issues. They've seen too much of one another. However, they do have plenty to gain.
As of right now, that scenario seems highly unlikely because Wisconsin lost to the Spartans by 16 points earlier this season and have played bad basketball this entire season.
"Injuries have riddled his career a little bit and yet, we probably don't beat Purdue without him", Izzo said. Yet, it could count as a quadrant 1 win when it's all said and done.
Penn State-Michigan tips off at the Bryce Jordan Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Especially with selection Sunday looming. Penn State's defense is one spot ahead of Michigan's in KenPom and the two offenses are within three spots. The Sooners, once a top-five team, now are desperately clinging to the NCAA Tournament bubble. In fact, the Nittany Lions held a 14-point lead at one point. "There's no question they're both going to have some decisions to make".More news: USA vows to probe Syria attack involving Russians
Michigan State: Wraps up the regular season at home against Wisconsin on Sunday, shooting for its first outright title since 2009 and aiming to improve its postseason seeding. The Nittany Lions need to take care of business this week against No. 17 MI and finish things off against Nebraska to have a legitimate shot at making the tournament. The run ultimately did IL, as they never came within 11 points of the Spartans from that point on. Lamar Stevens is another unsafe scorer, who scores 15.1 a night. The first team All American at the start of the season is scoring 17 points per game, ripping down 7 rebounds per game, and dishing out almost 3 assists per game.
However, Penn State has two others that score in double figures in Josh Reaves (10.7 ppg) and Shep Garner (10.6).
The biggest reason for Penn State's resurgence has been the development of sophomore point guard Tony Carr, who has turned into arguably the top point guard in the Big Ten. "They was just outplaying us, playing harder than us". An ESPN report has also stirred Michigan State's basketball and football programs by questioning how Izzo and Mark Dantonio have dealt with allegations against their players.
Dowtin hit two free throws to give La Salle a 3-point lead, and the Rams again intentionally fouled Powell, this time with 3.2 seconds left. In Big Ten play, the Wolverines rank fourth, allowing 66.1. The Wolverines (22-7, 11-5) are all but in as an at-large selection.