MSU, U-M rematch with Big Ten Championship on the line

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks to guard Cassius Winston during the second half of their Big Ten game against Michigan at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Saturday

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks to guard Cassius Winston during the second half of their Big Ten game against Michigan at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Saturday

If the offense starts to find a rhythm, and they all stay discipline on defense, MI will still have a great shot at winning the Big Ten tournament. "We want to send the seniors out right and no one wants to lose to MI". As it now stands, the Spartans and the Wolverines are projected as No. 2 seeds in the field of 68, although either of them could certainly make a legitimate case for a top seed should it achieve the league's regular- and post-season titles.

Tom Izzo has witnessed them all on the sideline as a head coach and assistant.

The Spartans then pulled away, winning easily in a game MI controlled for more than 20 minutes.

It looked as if it might hold up when the refs awarded Terrapins coach Brenda Frese a timeout with 10.3 seconds to go, a split second before Charles split a double team and got a short jumper to roll in.

"It's just a different dynamic when he's on the court", MI guard Jordan Poole said.

Cassius Winston overcame a poor shooting night to score 23 points and lead No. 9 Michigan State to a 75-63 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. The Big Ten freshman of the year candidate fouled out with 20 points.

"He'll go through warmups and he'll let us know how he feels", Beilein said. Meanwhile, Winston got to the free-throw line 14 times and scored 27 points in the huge win on the road.

Michigan State's Xavier Tillman scored 17 points and blocked five shots. "For him and Smitty (Steve Smith) and those guys to come back was cool". "He just doesn't feel right". The Wolverines controlled the game early, but when Michigan State started its decisive 25-4 surge in the second half, Michigan had no answer.

"It's not an excuse", he said.

History is being recorded at tonight's big regular season finale between the Michigan Wolverines (7) and Michigan State Spartans (9). Ward might be able to play in the conference tournament and likely can contribute a little at least in the NCAA tournament.

The victor of this game will finish the season with at least a share of the Big Ten Conference regular season title.

"This is point guard heaven - Michigan State", said Cleaves, who led the school to a second national title in 2000 after Magic Johnson won its first in 1979.

"We have to continue to trust our game plan", he said.

Kaila Charles made two free throws with 10.3 seconds left to help No. 8 Maryland top MI 73-72 on Saturday for the program's 1,000th victory.

Michigan State built off the late first-half energy in the second half, slowly chipping away at Michigan's advantage.

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