Michigan State rose to the challenge today by defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 67-60. This game was just a few days after Ohio State beat Michigan State to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive with a big win over a ranked team.
The Spartans scored first with a long three-pointer by Drew Neitzel who would finish with six three-pointers in the game. Michigan State led throughout the entire first half until Jamar Butler made a three-pointer to end the first half. The three tied the game at thirty all after Michigan State led the game by as many as seven points.
After the half, the Buckeyes scored right off the bat, taking their first lead of the game at 32-30. This would also be Ohio States last lead of the game. Drew Neitzel sank another three-pointer putting Michigan State ahead for good. Ohio State was down by as many as eight points in the second half, but eventually whittled the lead down to three with two minutes remaining.
But Drew Neitzel hit the dagger, a three to put the Spartans up by six. Neitzel was the Spartans leading scorer with a season high 28 points. Kosta Koufos was the Buckeyes leading scorer with nineteen points. David Lighty, for Ohio State, also had twelve points.
Michigan State will face Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament while Ohio State will play the waiting game to see if they make their way into the NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes will make it into the tournament based on who they have had to play this season. Ohio State was always competitive this season and lost many games by five points or less. They should be one of the last teams that make it in.