Big Ten Tournament 2012: Michigan State Must Win Final to Earn No. 2 Seed

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10:  Draymond Green #23 of the Michigan State Spartans attempts a shot against Jordan Taylor #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers during their Semifinal game of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Michigan State Spartans are continuing to roll through the Big Ten tournament, but it is going to take a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes to assure MSU a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

The spot is theirs for the taking, but they are going to have to make sure they win the title to put themselves in position to earn that seeding.

MSU put themselves in an iffy situation after dropping the final two games of the regular season to the Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers, but they have been able to bounce back in a huge way throughout the tourney.

EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 04: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State University scores during the first quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartand at Breslin Center on March 4, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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They took down the Iowa Hawkeyes in the quarterfinals, destroying them by a score of 92-75. That was a big way to get things started in Indianapolis, and they continued that trend with their win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the semifinals.

Now, they must keep that rolling to keep themselves in position to not fall to a No. 3 seed.

The team is going to have an opportunity to show the Buckeyes that they truly are the better team, as they will now get a shot to avenge their two-point loss back on March 4—the last game of the regular season.

Coach Tom Izzo has his players playing at a high level at the right time, but it will take another huge performance from Draymond Green—who once again lit things up with 14 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocks against the Badgers—to defeat the Buckeyes.

If he can play like that in not just the Big Ten title game, but the NCAA tourney as well, the Spartans are going to be a tough team to take down.

They have taken themselves to where they need to be, so now it is now important now more than ever for them to complete what they have started.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.