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Indianapolis, IN: Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross (#10) goes up against Wolverine Jon Horford (#15) under the goal for two of his game-high 19 points. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Indianapolis, IN: Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross (#10) goes up against Wolverine Jon Horford (#15) under the goal for two of his game-high 19 points.


League leaders in the 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament have worked through the lower seeds and on Saturday night at Banker's Life, they continued to whittle the field.



Game 1: #1 Michigan vs #5 Ohio State

Indianapolis, IN: Nik Stauskas (#11) drives baseline past OSU's Aaron Craft (#4) during the second half. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Indianapolis, IN: Nik Stauskas (#11) drives baseline past OSU's Aaron Craft (#4) during the second half.


Top-seeded Michigan matched up against Ohio State in the first game of Round 3. This storied collegiate sports rivalry lived up to its hype.

Michigan came out hot, hitting 3-4 three pointers and opening a 15-2 run. A stunned Ohio State finally settled in and regained their composure and defensive spunk. Lenzelle Smith Jr's inside basket in the closing seconds brought the Buckeyes to within four at the half, 41-37.

Ohio State looked inside often, dominating the paint 32-18, and climbed back into the game with a second-half 17-4 point run to take the lead at 61-60 on a Sam Thompson dunk. However the Wolverines 12-23 game three-pointers proved too much.

Michigan's Nik Stauskas scored 18 points, including four three-pointers. Teammate Caris LaVert added 17 points and 8 rebounds. OSU's LaQuinton Ross led all scorers with 19.

After a missed Spike Albrecht free throw, OSU guard Aaron Craft drove the court, losing the ball on a shot attempt at the buzzer. Michigan held on to win 72-69, and will face Michigan State in the tourney final.



Game 2: #2 Wisconsin vs #3 Michigan State

Indianapolis, IN: Wisconsin Badger Ben Brust (#1) looks inside past a defending Denzel Valentine (#45) of Michigan State. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Indianapolis, IN: Wisconsin Badger Ben Brust (#1) looks inside past a defending Denzel Valentine (#45) of Michigan State.


The second semi-final game matched the Wisconsin Badgers against the Michigan State Spartans, both coming in off lopsided Round 2 wins.

This game started the same as Game 1, with Michigan State sprinting out early stretching it to 37-16 in the first half. The Spartans went 65% from the field, aided by 20 points in the paint.

Wisconsin shuffled to get on track, hitting just seven first half shots on 26 attempts, and trailed 43-26 at the break.

In the second half, Wisconsin returned to their ways with better shooting (60%), and outscoring the Spartans 20-10 in the paint. They cut the deficit to 70-63 with under six minutes remaining.

Michigan State rode their lead with points spread across six players in double figures. Adreian Payne led the way with 18 points on 7-10 shooting and 2-2 three-pointers.

Indianapolis, IN: Michigan State's Gary Harris (#14) splits the Wisconsin Badger defense as Traevon Jackson (#12) looks on. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Indianapolis, IN: Michigan State's Gary Harris (#14) splits the Wisconsin Badger defense as Traevon Jackson (#12) looks on.


Badger big man, Frank Kaminsky, topped the 20-point mark (28) for the sixth time this season to lead all scorers. Wisconsin can't keep pace as MSU cruises to win 83-75.

Michigan State battles inner-state rival Michigan for the Big Ten tourney crown on Sunday.

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