NCAA tournament preview: MI

NCAA tournament preview: MI

It feels more than fitting that Michigan (3) and Michigan State (1) will duel for the 2019 Big Ten Tournament title. MI played solid first halves each time but had no answer after halftime.

"People used to laugh at me when I said, of course I hate my rival", Izzo said.

Michigan and Michigan State are underway in the second half.

Wisconsin was dismal defensively, failing to close-out on Michigan State's sharpshooters, while the Badgers could not stick to their measured offensive identity.


Iowa is out of the Big Ten tournament after losing to MI 74-53.

On Sunday afternoon, Michigan State forward Kyle Ahrens suffered a nasty-looking injury.

MI won their first two Big Ten Tournament games by at least 20 points each. We've played 30-some games now so really (it's) just taking all these games and learning from that, each and every time. Teske and Tillman went up for the rebound, the ball got tipped out of bounds and the referees gave possession to Michigan State after a review as Michigan coach John Beilein screamed on the sideline.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bryce Brown scored 19 points and Auburn won its first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship since 1985, beating Tennessee, 84-64.


"We could never overcome the start and couldn't get back after they got hot at the beginning", coach Greg Gard said.

MI put the game away in the second half with a 9-0 run that made it 56-30 with about 14 minutes left.

It's one more win than Northwestern's win total in 22 years of playing in the Big Ten Tournament and one fewer than Indiana. In two meetings this season both teams were ranked nationally in the Top 10, and MSU came away victorious each time.

Michigan State: Izzo lamented Michigan State's 15 turnovers and anxious about his substitution patterns, but there was a lot to like, too. MI played in the fourth and final quarterfinal game Friday night, which meant the Wolverines didn't leave the United Center until around midnight.


2 in the NCAA Tournament and will play Montana in the first round in Des Moines, Iowa. The Spartans beat the Wolverines 77-70 on February 24 and 75-63 last Saturday.

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