INDIANAPOLIS - Exacting revenge on a loss from just one week ago, the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans defeated the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes, 68-64, to win the Big Ten Championship.
Led by Brandon Wood's 21-points, the Spartans prevailed in a hotly contested game that went back-and-forth for 30 minutes, and then shifted in favor of Michigan State due to poor shooting from the Buckeyes.
It was only the Spartans' first conference tournament trophy since 2000.
Unlike other conference tournament winners, the waiting game for the Spartans was minimal, as they were quickly sequestered to a viewing area to watch the Selection Show and await their tournament fate. A small throng of media and team family and friends followed, waiting with baited breath for an announcement.
As the best team in the best conference in college basketball, the Spartans were well deserving of an NCAA Tournament one-seed. With Kansas and North Carolina unable to win any hardware this weekend, the case for Tom Izzo's guys became that much more probable.
After a few minutes of sitting around, the good news was delivered.