Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Blog - GAME 8

March 15, 2008

Welcome to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals! Our first game features the No. 4 seed Michigan State Spartans (25-7, 12-6) and the No. 1 seed and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers (27-4, 16-2).

1:40 p.m. EDT: We are off and away!

1st, 15:52, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 9, Wisconsin 5
Drew Netizel has seven of the Spartans' nine points, while three of Wisconsin's five have come from Brian Butch. Wisconsin is 1-of-4 from the field and MSU is 3-of-4.

1st, 11:22, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 15, Wisconsin 11
Michigan State has sustained its lead by shooting 6-of-9 (.667) from the floor. Wisconsin is 3-of-8 (.375) and has made just 5-of-9 from the free-throw line.

1st, 7:46, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 22, Wisconsin 18
Drew Neitzel, who had 28 points yesterday, currently has half of Michigan State's 22 points. Wisconsin is led by Butch with seven points. Michigan State has been called for 10 team fouls, while the Badgers have registered only six personals.

1st, 1:19, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 27, Wisconsin 25
We have the making of yet another Big Ten thriller. Wisconsin holds an 18-14 rebounding advantage right now, but is only 6-of-21 (29 percent) from the floor. MSU has posted 12 points in the paint to Wisconsin's 8.

1st, 0:12.4, TIMEOUT (MSU): Michigan State 29, Wisconsin 27
30-second timeout by MSU.

HALFTIME: Michigan State 29, Wisconsin 27
Many stats are similar between the two teams, but shooting percentage is the one major difference. MSU is 11-of-25 (44 percent), while Wisconsin has struggled from the floor at a 6-of-23, 26 percent clip. UW has done its damage from the free-throw line, making 13-of-18 from the stripe. MSU on the other hand has only attempted six attempts, making four.

2nd, 15:46, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 35, Wisconsin 29
Michigan State has opened to a quick 6-2 run in the second half and a technical foul was just issued to the Badger bench, which resulted in the media timeout and will result in two free throws when play resumes.



2nd, 15:02, TIMEOUT (WIS): Michigan State 39, Wisconsin 29

2nd, 12:38, TIMEOUT (INJURY): Michigan State 45, Wisconsin 35 Timeout for injury. Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes went down in pain. It appears he has injured an ankle and has since be helped off the court by two trainers.

2nd, 11:31, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 45, Wisconsin 37 Shooting has been about the same this half. Michigan State is 5-of-10 from the floor and Wisconsin is 5-of-11.

2nd, 8:13, TIMEOUT (WIS): Michigan State 53, Wisconsin 41
The game is starting to get away from the Badgers. Bo Ryan calls a quick 30-second timeout.

2nd, 7:52, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 53, Wisconsin 44
Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon just hit a huge 3-pointer from the wing and was fouled by MSU's Raymar Morgan, who picked up his fourth personal foul. Michigan State's Drew Neitzel has netted 23 points today -- not too bad after that 28-point performance last night.

2nd, 6:06: Michigan State 55, Wisconsin 45
Michigan State's Idong Ibok has just fouled out. He fouled Brian Butch on a 3-pointer. Butch at the line right now.

2nd, 5:26: Michigan State 55, Wisconsin 48
In just 40 seconds, the Spartans have lost another. Drew Naymick has just fouled out. Goran Suton, MSU's last high-profile big man, is playing with four fouls.

2nd, 5:10: Michigan State 55, Wisconsin 50
Wow. That just took 16 seconds. Suton has just fouled out. The Badgers have all the momentum right now. Raymar Morgan, who is 6-7 and just entered the Spartan lineup, is playing with four fouls. Is he next???

2nd, 4:23, TIMEOUT (MSU): Michigan State 55, Wisconsin 54
No fouls to report, just one big 3-pointer. Big as in 6-11 Brian Butch and big as in Wisconsin trails now by just one point. Timeout MSU.

2nd, 3:21, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan State 58, Wisconsin 57
The bucket and one for Neitzel, his 26th point of the day. And it was answered by Marcus Landry's 3-pointer from the wing. We are still within one and this Conseco Fieldhouse crowd is ready to take this one to the end.

2nd, 3:02: Michigan State 60, Wisconsin 59
MSU's Raymar Morgan has just fouled out of the game. With exception of 7-foot sophomore center Tom Herzog, Michigan State is playing with a very small lineup and an even smaller lead.

2nd, 2:50, TIMEOUT (MSU): Michigan State 60, Wisconsin 59

2nd, 0:50.3, TIMEOUT (MSU): Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 63

2nd, 0:20.5, TIMEOUT (MSU): Wisconsin 65, Michigan State 63
Following the timeout, Wisconsin's Michael Flowers stole the ball at the top of the key and raced down for a go-ahead lay-up. Now with 20.5 seconds remaining and the shot clock off, MSU is set to draw up the potential game-tying or game-winning basket.

FINAL: Wisconsin 65, Michigan State 63
In the end, Michigan State got what it wanted with exception of a bucket at the buzzer. Wisconsin missed both free throws and MSU's Drew Neitzel, who finished with a game-high 26 points, just misses a 3-pointer from the wing to win the game. Two seconds of rebounding and put-backs ensued, but to no avail. Wisconsin escapes with the W.