The 2019 Big Ten men's basketball tournament continued Friday with the quarterfinal round at the United Center in Chicago.
Each of the conference's top four seeds made their first appearances of the event after receiving byes through the first two days. The Michigan State Spartans and Purdue Boilermakers shared the regular-season title with a 16-4 record in Big Ten play.
Let's check out all of the important information for the quarterfinals and semifinals, which will be updated through the conclusion of Friday's play. That's followed by a recap of the action.
Friday's Quarterfinal Scores
Game 7: No. 1 Michigan State 77, No. 8 Ohio State 70
Game 8: No. 4 Wisconsin 66, No. 13 Nebraska 62
Game 9: No. 7 Minnesota 75, No. 2 Purdue 73
Game 10: No. 3 Michigan 74, No. 6 Iowa 53
Saturday's Semifinal Schedule
Game 11: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (1 p.m. ET)
Game 12: No. 7 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Michigan (3:30 p.m. ET)
Michigan State Spartans 77, Ohio State Buckeyes 70
Michigan State kept its push to earn a top seed in the NCAA tournament alive with a victory over Ohio State, which will head into Selection Sunday as a bubble team.
Cassius Winston recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists to pace the Spartans, who used a 7-0 run with the game tied early in the second half to begin pulling away from OSU. Foster Loyer provided a spark off the bench with four three-pointers en route to 14 points.
MSU is competing with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, Tennessee Volunteers and potentially even the rival Michigan Wolverines for the remaining two No. 1 seeds with the ACC's North Carolina Tar Heels and Virginia Cavaliers likely locked into their spots.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes will need to sweat out the selection show after spending the next couple days cheering for favorites from traditional one-bid leagues to claim their conference championships.
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Ohio State can't compete for 40 minutes with the top of Big Ten. True all year, true today. I thought they'd lose yesterday, but won playing smart and together. Fought back today. Buckeyes have maximized who they are. Credit for that. But be realistic about who they are.
Ohio State entered the day as the final at-large team in the projected 68-team field, per Bracket Matrix. There is very little separation between the last seven qualifiers and the first three or four teams outside the cut line, though. It will make for a tense Sunday in Columbus.
Keyshawn Woods led the Buckeyes, who scored an important win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the previous round, with 16 points.
Wisconsin Badgers 66, Nebraska Cornhuskers 62
Nebraska's unexpected run in the Big Ten tournament almost received another chapter, but Wisconsin pulled away in the final minutes to reach the semifinals.
Glynn Watson Jr. scored a game-high 23 points for the Huskers, who defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first round before upsetting the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday. Their lack of depth—they used just six players Friday—may have caught up with them in the quarters.
Wisconsin, an NCAA tournament lock that's attempting to improve its seeding by taking home the Big Ten postseason title, had four players reach double figures in scoring. Nate Reuvers and Khalil Iverson led the way with 14 points apiece.
The Badgers advance to face Michigan State on Saturday. The Spartans won the only regular-season meeting, 67-59.
Minnesota Golden Gophers 75, Purdue Boilermakers 73
Minnesota used a late 5-0 run to spur an upset of Purdue that should guarantee the Gophers (21-12) a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Jordan Murphy was a force on the interior for Minnesota, which didn't get any points from its bench players, en route to a game-high 27 points. Amir Coffey chipped in 21 points, while Daniel Oturu added a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
Purdue (23-9) connected on only six of its 24 attempts from three-point range (25 percent) to sully an otherwise solid offensive performance. Matt Haarms paced with Boilermakers with 16 points. Ryan Cline also shined with 14 points and eight assists.
They should still land a seed in the No. 4 range for March Madness despite the early exit.
Michigan Wolverines 74, Iowa Hawkeyes 53
Michigan was able to avenge a 74-59 loss to Iowa in February by cruising past the Hawkeyes en route to the Big Ten semifinals.
While the Hawkeyes managed to hang around for a bit, the Wolverines closed the first half on a 13-4 run that gave them a 13-point edge at the break. The difference? Michigan drained seven triples in the opening 20 minutes while Iowa went 0-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.
That type of discrepancy is tough to overcome.
A balanced attack helped the Wolverines control the game, as five players reached double figures. Ignas Brazdeikis led the way with 15 points. Luka Garza and Tyler Cook each had 14 points for the Hawkeyes.
Michigan (27-5) will now take on Minnesota on Saturday for a spot in the Big Ten title game, while Iowa (22-11) awaits Selection Sunday to see where it will be headed for the Big Dance.