William Buford made a high-arcing jumper with a second left, lifting No. 10 Ohio State to a 72-70 victory over fifth-ranked Michigan State on Sunday, forging a three-way tie for the Big Ten regular-season title.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with a second left, lifting No. 10 Ohio State to a 72-70 victory over fifth-ranked Michigan State on Sunday, forging a three-way tie for the Big Ten regular-season title.
The Buckeyes (25-6 overall, 13-5 Big Ten) earned a share of their third straight conference championship and forced the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) to settle for having a piece of the title along with 13th-ranked Michigan.
Michigan (23-8, 13-5), a Big Ten champion for the first time since 1986, won 71-65 at Penn State earlier in the day.
Buford scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half of the rugged game.
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Draymond Green had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Michigan State, which led by as many as 15 points in the first half.
Green missed a long fadeaway shot with 32 seconds left.
“We weren’t trying to get that,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of Green’s attempt.
“But it was such a meat market in there — both ways. It was probably the most physical game I’ve ever been involved with — both ways.”
Michigan State is the top-seeded team in the Big Ten tournament, which starts Thursday in Indianapolis.
Michigan is seeded second and Ohio State is the No. 3 seed.
seek WCC title
LAS VEGAS — The Gonzaga women play Brigham Young in the West Coast Conference final at noon Monday.
The Zags (26-4) beat BYU 77-60 on Feb. 25 in Spokane to secure their eighth straight WCC regular-season title. On Feb. 9, the Cougars (24-6) routed Gonzaga 70-40 in Provo, Utah.
Gonzaga is going for its fourth consecutive conference-tournament title.
Other Top 10 men
No. 1 Kentucky 74,
at No. 16 Florida 59
Freshman Anthony Davis contributed 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Wildcats (30-1, 16-0 Southeastern) past the Gators (22-9, 10-6).
The last four teams to finish unbeaten in SEC play are Alabama in 1956 and Kentucky in 1996, 2003 and this season. The Wildcats have won 22 games in a row.
Top 5 women
No. 3 Notre Dame 69, DePaul 54
Devereaux Peters had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Fighting Irish (29-2) past the Blue Demons (22-10) in the Big East tournament quarterfinals in Hartford, Conn.
Notre Dame’s semifinal opponent Monday is West Virginia (23-8).
No. 4 Connecticut 49,
No. 23 Rutgers 34
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and the Huskies (27-4) beat the Scarlet Knights (22-9) in a Big East quarterfinal game.
UConn faces No. 18 St. John’s (22-8) in a Monday semifinal.