The 2014 Big Ten Tournament live stream and TV schedule is down to the finals and it is an all state of Michigan finale as the Michigan State Spartans will take on the Michigan Wolverines to decide this year’s Big Ten Tournament Champion.
According to a Sportsline report on March 16, Michigan held on to defeat the defending tournament champion Ohio State Buckeyes yesterday, while the Spartans knocked off the Badgers to earn their trip to the Big Ten final.
No matter who wins the Big Ten Tournament championship the true winner is the state of Michigan, but don’t tell that to the true Spartan and Wolverine fans! Almost all of these guys know each other on a personal level, but once they hit the hard wood this afternoon it will be all business.
Izzo and MSU owned this state rivalry by winning 14 of 17 match-ups before coach John Beilein took over at Michigan in 2007. Since then the Wolverines have been a thorn in Izzo’s side winning six of the last eight meetings.
Michigan has beaten MSU both times they met this season, but the Spartans were not at 100%. This game will come down to rebounding and which point guards play better.
Las Vegas odds makers have Michigan State as a 2 point favorite with the over/under number set at 139.
Just the fact that MSU is favored speaks volumes. Michigan is a great team and may be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if they can pull off the win today vs. MSU but it is hard to imagine a Tom Izzo team losing three times to the same team in a season.
Trying to keep the winning streak going after finishing 2-0 on Friday, and picking Michigan over OSU and Michigan State over Wisconsin Saturday I have to lean towards the Spartans. MSU has a full squad for this match up and they will get the win.
Pick: Michigan State -2
Fans can catch this game on CBS nationally and live online through CBS Sports.