Seeded Michigan State Opens Play in the Big Ten Tournament Friday

Izzo says Michigan State will only talk about basketball: Tom Izzo insists he and his players will only talk about basketball during the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.

They battled fifth-seeded MI into overtime Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten tournament but misfired on the last eight shots they attempted, going down to a season-ending 77-71 loss at Madison Square Garden.

"I wanted the ball in my hands, so I went and got it, " Scaife said.

Despite nailing the game-tying 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, Bohannon took some questionable shots. Abdur-Rahkman's layup attempt at the other end missed, sending the game into overtime.

It was clear what Iowa's strategy was in its first-round matchup Wednesday at the Big Ten Tournament.

But a blowout loss at Maryland was followed by a late collapse against Rutgers on the road and then an epic fall in the second half against second-ranked Michigan State.

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"I think there's a reason why we struggled", Pitino said. "I'm proud of this group and what they have done". SIX DOLLARS. I have been to elementary-school karate belt promotions that cost six times that, and I'm sure I'm getting wildly fleeced by the dojo - and it actually costs more when you factor in the post-ceremony trip for ice cream- but at least karate belt promotions are adorable.

Iowa had four players reach double figures with sophomore Ryan Kriener leading the way with 14 points in 20 minutes.

Garza and Bohannon missed 3-pointers after that, and Abdur-Rahkman had a chance to finish off Iowa with 27.8 seconds left, but he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 74.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting.

He had a sneaky 16 points, which led both teams, and added eight rebounds and two assists.

Iowa trimmed the deficit to four, 61-57, with just under six minutes left, but MI had answers: a tough finish in traffic, a strong defensive rebound, a forced turnover.

Michigan, however, was able to overcome their poor three-point shooting and quickly went on an 11-0 run in the opening three minutes of the second half to take a 46-40 lead.

MI missed its first 12 attempts before Robinson broke through with back-to-back 3s in the second half. "We've just got to keep building".

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My column, which ran back on December 27, predicted IN would finish the regular season 16-14 with a 9-9 record IN Big Ten play.

  • Salvatore Jensen