It’s senior day. It’s the home finale. It’s a chance to win the Big Ten title outright. And, it might just be that Michigan State is playing for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
To say there is a lot on the line today would be a gross understatement.
If the Spartans lose today let’s face it, there would be a lot of disappointed fans and alumnus. It would pretty much throw a dagger to the heart of what was a week a go a dream season — maybe the best season in the past 11 years.
But we all know MSU can beat OSU, the Spartans did so by 10 points in Columbus back on Feb. 11.
And here’s a very interesting note: If the Spartans win today, Draymond Green and Austin Thornton will be the first players in program’s history to have won two outright titles. The last one of course was in 2009.
“We just have to make sure we come out on top (Sunday), last man standing,” said Green.
Green, likely the Big Ten player of the year, comes into the game averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3.6 assists. The last player from a major conference team to have those type of numbers was Tim Duncan at Wake Forest back in 1997.
But looking at today’s game, it will be a matter of holding Jared Sullinger in check. And it could be that Adreian Payne is the man to once more slow him. Payne outplayed his former AAU teammate the last time the two teams played in Columbus.
And let’s not forget, Spartan fans, a loss today by MSU would likely mean a three-team tie for the conference title — Ohio State and Michigan would also be crowned champs!
No. 5 Michigan State (24-6, 13-4 B1G) vs. No. 11 Ohio State (24-6, 12-5)
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
- Line: Spartans by 2.5 points