MSU looks to keep momentum going in Big Ten tournament

MSU looks to keep momentum going in Big Ten tournament

And with college basketball facing scrutiny for players receiving improper benefits, which sophomore forward Miles Bridges found himself involved in but was ultimately cleared, it's another off-court issue the Spartans have been forced to confront.

"There's been some things that have been tough on them", said Izzo, who vowed that he and his team would no longer answer non-basketball questions.

Winners of 12 straight games heading into Friday's quarterfinal matchup with Wisconsin - the Badgers knocked off 8-seed Maryland on Thursday - Michigan State hasn't dropped a game since mid-January. The Badgers finished the regular season with a 14-17 record.

The NCAA determined that family members of Bridges had accepted $40 for dinner with an agent.

Bridges is planning on playing the rest of the season. Nick Ward contributed 14 points and six rebounds and Jaren Jackson Jr. chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.

Armoni Brooks scored 21 points and Rob Gray added 19 points and 11 assists as the Cougars led by 49 points at halftime and cruised to a win over the Pirates in Houston.

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Izzo is surprised by Winston's perimeter prowess. Davison has been able to score just about all season, but honestly, I think he has just matured in a lot of facets. "You don't just become a great shooter and he is shooting the ball real well".

While a title this week at Madison Square Garden wouldn't produce another banner for the Breslin Center -Michigan State only raises banners for regular-season championships - it doesn't mean any less to the players who see this as just the next step, the next item to check off the to-do list. Now, for the second time in six days, the Badgers will get a shot at the Spartans.

What he wants is for the Spartans to continue to carry the momentum they've built over the last half of the Big Ten season.

They won 76-61 at home on January 26 and 68-63 on the road in the regular season finale on Sunday. Bridges scored 24 points in the first meeting in East Lansing, a 76-61 victory in January.

It came down to one play and a bloodied @BadgerMBB's Khalil Iverson stole it away. "But they cleared him to play or I wouldn't have played him, so he's cleared to play".

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month", Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.

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