For the second time in three seasons, three teams have tied for the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season championship. Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan have all earned a share of the title, each finishing with a 13-5 conference record. For OSU and Michigan, it came down to the final game of the season as both teams brought 12-5 records into Sunday’s games. Michigan State, already guaranteed at least a share of the title, came into their final game with a 13-4 record. After Michigan did their job by defeating Penn State earlier in the day, the Wolverines hunkered down in their basketball facility to watch OSU face Michigan State to decide their fate.
After taking an early 15-point lead over the Buckeyes, Michigan State gradually let it slip away as Ohio State came back to beat the Spartans 72-70. Buckeye William Buford hit a shot with one second left to give the Buckeyes the win. With the victory, Ohio State earned their third straight regular season championship and gave Michigan their first regular season championship since 1986. The loss for Michigan State forces them to share the title, which could have been all theirs with a win over OSU. But don’t feel bad for the Spartans. Even with the loss, they still have the No. 1 seed going into the conference tournament in Indianapolis. Michigan will be No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3.
The conference tournament will begin on Thursday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday.
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