Spartans close in on Big Ten title

Spartans close in on Big Ten title

IL now moves to 13-16 on the season after losing to the Michigan State Spartans. In that game, IL forward Leron Black put up 28 points. Because, assuming a necessary win against an #11-14-seed bottom-feeder such as Minnesota or Iowa they would most likely get a beatable quality opponent on Friday in Ohio State or Purdue and not Michigan State, a team nobody wants to face right now.

If the Nittany Lions are able to beat both conference opponents and head into the Big Ten tournament with the two more wins, they should feel somewhat comfortable about making the Big Dance with a reasonable showing in NY.

Penn State closes the regular season with a game at Nebraska on Sunday. The Spartans are scoring more than 82 points per game, and allowing teams to score 64.8 per game. 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. What a win for the Spartans, and it avoided a bad road loss. He hit four of MSU's 11 3-pointers. The Wildcats got off to a stunning 27-point first-half lead at Allstate Arena only to go 14:24 of the second half in between field goals, both of them, coincidentally, Dererk Pardon dunks.

Miles Bridges scored 19 points and the second-ranked Spartans ripped the Illini, 81-61 to improve to 15-2 in the conference. The Spartans hit their first four 3-point attempts.

Izzo started Tum Tum Nairn, Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter in place of Winston, Jackson and Nick Ward, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds in just 15 minutes. They answered with their own 7-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Frazier, one of their six in the half.

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IL (13-15, 3-12) has won just three of its last 13 games. The Rams purposely fouled Pookie Powell, who made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second.

IL hung tough through the first half, but just didn't have the depth nor firepower to keep up with the Spartans' high-powered attack. The Big 12 had three teams make the top 25, with Texas Tech coming in at No. 6, Kansas at No. 8 and West Virginia at No. 21.

The Spartans wrap up the regular season Sunday at Wisconsin.

The No. 17 Michigan Wolverines (22-7) are riding in a three-game winning streak including a 74-62 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Badgers (12-16, 5-10) play at Northwestern on Thursday and are coming off an overtime 73-63 comeback against Minnesota on Monday at Kohl Center.

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