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GameThread: #3 Michigan State vs. #2 Ohio State

Ohio State looks to make their fifth straight Big Ten Tournament finals against Tom Izzo and the always tough out, Michigan State Spartans at 4:10 p.m. EDT on CBS (Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1010 HD/10 SD)

Gary Harris and Michigan State look to end Ohio State's B1G tourney run for a second straight year.
Gary Harris and Michigan State look to end Ohio State's B1G tourney run for a second straight year.

Thad Matta's Ohio State Buckeyes take on Tom Izzo and the 3rd seeded Michigan State Spartans in a 2013 Big Ten Tournament semifinal. This marks the third meeting between these recent historical B1G basketball powers with Michigan State seeking their second straight Big Ten Tournament title and the Buckeyes looking for their third in four years.

Ohio State enters this one having dominated Nebraska, 71-50, behind 19 points and 9 rebounds from star forward, junior Deshaun Thomas. Michigan State, on the other hand, somewhat limps in to this one after having "stolen" (in the words of their head coach, Tom Izzo) a game from sixth seeded Iowa, 59-56. Adreian Payne led the way for the Spartans with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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2013 Big Ten Tournament
Michigan State Spartans Ohio State Buckeyes
vs. Ohio-state_medium
#3 #2
Date: March 16th, 2013
Location: Chicago, IL
Time: ~4:10 p.m. ET
Arena: United Center
TV: CBS - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1010 HD/10 SD, WOW! 201 HD/10 SD, DirecTV 10, DISH 10 Spread: Ohio State -1.5
Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460 Over/Under: 124.0
Internet: SBN Affiliate: The Only Colors
We don't give a damn for the WHOLE state of Michigan, we're from Ohio.