Entering Thursday, Michigan State basketball had the night ahead off and in the Big Ten standings were one game behind Ohio State and tied with Purdue.
The Spartans, who were off Thursday, still vaulted themselves up the standings. Both the No. 8 Buckeyes and the No. 6 Boilermakers went down on the road, to Penn State and Wisconsin, respectively.
Ohio State and Michigan State are now tied at the top of the Big Ten with 13-2 records. Purdue, meanwhile, has lost three games in a row and is 12-3 in conference play.
The Spartans lost their sole head-to-head matchup against Ohio State this season. If the teams end up splitting the Big Ten regular season title, the Buckeyes would earn the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Feb. 28.
With three games remaining, here’s how each team’s remaining regular season schedule plays out:
at No. 22 Michigan – Feb. 18
vs. Rutgers – Feb. 20
at Indiana – Feb. 23
at Northwestern – Feb. 17
vs. Illinois – Feb. 20
at Wisconsin – Feb. 25
vs. Penn State – Feb. 18
at Illinois – Feb. 22
vs. Minnesota – Feb. 25
The Spartans have the easiest road of any of the three teams fighting for the Big Ten title. Their final three opponents have a combined Big Ten record of 13-30, but Wisconsin showed Thursday it’s capable of a top-10 upset at the Kohl Center.
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