Michigan State tops Wisconsin; moves on to B1G final Sunday

For the first time in 12 years, Michigan State is back in the Big Ten Tournament title game.

The Spartans defeated Wisconsin, 65-52, to advance to the conference finale for the first time since 2000 — also the last time the Spartans won a national championship.

It was also the first time since that 2000 season that the Spartans beat Wisconsin three times in one basketball season.

Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green (23) is called for a charging foul after running into Wisconsin Badgers center Jared Berggren (40) during the first half of the semifinal round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

MSU will play Ohio State  on Sunday.

The semifinal game started poorly for MSU (26-7) as Wisconsin (24-9) jumped out to a 9-0 lead. The Badgers extended their lead to 20-9 midway through the first half before the Spartans started their run.

During the final 10-plus minted of the game, MSU went on a 24-5 run to take a 10-point halftime lead, 35-25.

The second half was solid until the Spartans let Wisconsin get back in the game 46-40 with 12 minutes to play. But like the first half, MSU hunkered down and made key shots, cursing to the 13-point win.

The Spartans got a great effort from senior Austin Thornton, who hit four 3-pointers when they need it most. Draymonf Green once again had a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Tippof for the title game is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS.

The Spartans are not only playing for a Big Ten Tournament title, but also a No. 1 seed may be on the line.

Michigan State Spartans guard Keith Appling (11) drives to the basket against Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Taylor (11) during the first half of the semifinal round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Topics: Big Ten Basketball, Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State Basketball, Michigan State Wisconsin

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