Now, the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll has been released and both Michigan State (No. 5) and Michigan (No.8) moved up. From there, Wisconsin essentially collapsed, as Michigan State scored eight consecutive points, while the Badgers failed to score for seven minutes.
The top-seeded Spartans (27-6) earned their ninth win in 10 games and will go for their sixth Big Ten tourney title on Sunday against MI. But the Wolverines did take their lumps in conference play, losing five games-although four came on the road and two were against Big Ten regular season co-champion Michigan State.
The team emotionally huddled around him, as head coach Tom Izzo, center Nick Ward and others held back tears.
"We could never overcome the start and couldn't get back after they got hot at the beginning", coach Greg Gard said.
The NCAA Tournament is the tournament which really matters, but the Michigan Wolverines are focused on the team in front of them this Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
There's a cliche that says it's hard to beat a team three times in a season but reality says otherwise. Tillman made a foul shot and then converted a three-point play to give the Spartans a 27-10 lead with 7:42 left in the first half.
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Ajax last won the Champions League in 1995, while Manchester United last won in 2008 and Juventus most recently won in 1996. The Sky Blues are favourites to win all three competitions, thus winning a historic quadruple.
GEORGIA STATE 73, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 64: Malik Benlevi hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, and Georgia State (24-9) advanced to a second straight NCAA tournament by beating Texas-Arlington (17-16) in the Sun Belt Conference final at New Orleans.
Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play.
Michigan State forward Kyle Ahrens was relieved X-rays showed his left ankle wasn't broken after he was taken from the court on a stretcher in the first half, though the extent of the injury was not clear. He will have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down.
Michigan: The Wolverines have their sights set on another big NCAA run after losing to Villanova in the championship game a year ago.
Next up is Michigan's arch-rival - No. 1 seed Michigan State.