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Big Ten Conference Tournament – Quarterfinals Recap



(1) Michigan State 92 (8) Iowa 75

In the opening game of the second day of the Big Ten tournament the Michigan State Spartans very easily handled the Iowa Hawkeyes. This game showed why a lot of people are thinking that Michigan State is going to make the Final Four this year at the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans had four players score in double digits including Draymond Green who had team highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Moreover, the Spartans had a total of 30 points off the bench. All of this combined offense and a well known punishing defense simply overwhelmed Iowa from start to finish. The Hawkeyes didn't seem to have a chance against the Spartans. The lone shining light on Iowa was Josh Oglesby and his 20 points off the bench.

(4) Wisconsin 79 (5) Indiana 71

The second game of the day time session between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Indiana Hoosiers was a back and forth battle in which the outcome was never certain, but in the end the Badgers overcame the Hoosiers and won by eight. Wisconsin played its normal slowdown offense and strong interior defense, but there was one big surprise and his name was Rob Wilson; the senior played the best game of his career. Wilson scored 30 points in all, making three point shots when his team needed them the most. As a team the Badgers shot 13 for 26 (50 percent) from three point range which helped keep them out in front even if just barely in the second half. Even though the Hoosiers put up a great fight all the way to the end it is Wisconsin that will face the Spartans of Michigan State in the semifinals.


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(2) Michigan 73 (10) Minnesota 69 (OT)

In the first night time game of the second day of the Big Ten Tournament the match up was between the Michigan Wolverines and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. It was a knock-down, drag-out brawl that the Wolverines managed to win in overtime. Michigan's Trey Burke who had the team and game high score of 30 points, led the way for the Wolverines. He was helped big time by his team mate Tim Hardaway Jr., who finished with 20 points for the night. The strangest performance of the game was the fact that the Wolverines' Zack Novak, who had trouble scoring all night, came though in the end by making two key three point shots down the stretch to keep the Gophers from walking away with the win at the end of regulation. In the overtime period Minnesota's sketchy defense really showed though and the Gophers just couldn't keep Michigan - make that Burke - from doing what was needed to win.

(3) Ohio State 88 (6) Purdue 71

The final game of the day's events in Indianapolis started off looking like an evenly-fought battle. It mostly was... until the superior team decided to put its foot down. The Ohio State Buckeyes used a massive late run to put the Purdue Boilermakers on the losing end of a 17-point decision. The Buckeyes were led by their big man Jared Sullinger who had game highs of 30 points and 12 rebounds for the night and was one of five Ohio State players to score in double digits. After both of these teams fought hard though three quarters of the game clock, it was the Buckeyes that showed that they really were the stronger offensive team by going on a unstoppable run late in the second half that sent Purdue home. Ohio State was up by a scant 62-59 margin with 7:29 left in the second half, but it then used a 17-2 run to blow the Boilermakers out of the water. Ohio State will now play Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals.


By Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer



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