The Michigan State Spartans weren’t able to play for the Big Ten Tournament championship in 2018… because the Michigan Wolverines defeated them in the semifinals in New York. This year, Michigan State will play for the Big Ten Tournament title, and Michigan will be there on the other side of the court in Sunday’s final in Chicago.
Michigan State moved into the 2019 Big Ten final with a convincing win over the Wisconsin Badgers in Saturday’s first semifinal. The top-seeded Spartans — co-champions of the Big Ten in the regular season with Purdue — will try to complete the Big Ten double by stacking a tournament crown on top of their regular-season achievement. This is something Tom Izzo’s program has done before, and it is exactly what the program will try to do again on Selection Sunday.
As people know, this particular Selection Sunday is also St. Patrick’s Day. How fitting that the Spartans will try to make “The Wearin’ O’ The Green” their own party as well as a broader national celebration. A Big Ten Tournament title would be the perfect way to make green the dominant color on March 17.
“Just another chance at a championship. That’s what we play for here,” said Michigan State Spartans point guard Cassius Winston after the win over Wisconsin. “That’s what it’s all about at Michigan State.”
This Michigan State team has meshed in ways last year’s team did not. The 2018 Spartans might have had more high-end NBA talent, but this team has become more cohesive. It has continued to play well without Josh Langford. It played well for a few weeks without Nick Ward. Role players are answering the call and performing their tasks with great consistency.
This is exactly how a team puts itself in position to win championships. Michigan State is one win away from adding to its supremacy in the 2019 Big Ten Conference.
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