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2018 Schedule
26-3, 1st in Big Ten
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Virginia strengthens hold atop AP Top 25 poll

Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins. Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

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18hJeff Borzello

College hoops Power Rankings: Will SEC's depth hurt teams in March?

Eleven SEC teams are within striking distance of the tournament, so what's the problem? They're building their résumés and metrics by beating each other, so the committee might value the league differently when selecting the field.

Tipping The Scales: Michigan State's historic comeback (1:43)
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2dDan Murphy

Izzo won't address investigation into freshman

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo declined to discuss a criminal sexual conduct allegation against freshman Brock Washington, who is the subject of a police investigation.

Spartans overcome 22-point halftime deficit to defeat Wildcats (1:35)
Clutch Winston 3-pointer cements Spartan comeback (0:18)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern scores 11 second-half points and blows a 27-point lead to fall to Michigan State, 65-60. Wildcats missed 17 straight shots at one point.

Spartans tie it on Ward's putback (0:15)
Spartans take first lead after trailing by 22 (0:23)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern lost to Rutgers four days ago. Northwestern is up 22 at halftime on Michigan State right now.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Going into Sat., Mich. St. is 89-38 all-time vs. N'western. Since the Wildcats' 1/7/84 win at MSU evened the series at 33, the Spartans are 56-5 and have had win streaks of 20, 12 & the current 8 games. NU won the first 8 games (1918-49) & stunned the Magic Johnson-led ‘79 national champs 83-65 in Evanston, 1/27/79. MSU's won its last 3 at NU, by 14, 24 & 31 points.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The race for the No. 1 seeds is more wide open now after a few recent upsets. Per BPI, here's where we stand: Virginia 99% Villanova 98% Purdue 71% Michigan State 52% Xavier 32% Duke 29% North Carolina 9% Tennessee 4% Auburn 3% Kansas 2%

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After beating Ohio State by 23 last night, Penn State has cracked BPI's top 25. The Nittany Lions have a 33% chance to reach the NCAA tournament.

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4dPaula Lavigne

OTL: Spartan freshman subject of investigation

A member of Michigan State's No. 2-ranked basketball team has been under investigation for criminal sexual conduct since the start of the fall semester, sources close to the case confirmed to Outside the Lines on Thursday.

Draymond pays off his bet to Turner (0:32)
Jackson soars in MSU victory (0:43)
Tillman has one final throwdown (0:17)
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6dDan Murphy

MSU faculty votes no confidence in board

Members of the Michigan State faculty voted 61-4 to express no confidence in the eight-member governing body at the university. Meanwhile, the institution's interim president wrote to the campus community about cooperation with ongoing investigations.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

TONIGHT HEADLINES: Virginia wouldn't lose a No. 1 seed with a loss at Miami, but would certainly drop from No, 1 overall. Kansas, which shouldn't be a No. 2 seed ahead of Texas Tech, would have to drop with a loss at Iowa State. Michigan State could make the Committee look smart with a loss at Minnesota, however unlikely. Maryland must win at Nebraska to get back in the hunt; Huskers must win to stay there. And don't get me started on Oklahoma as a No. 4. Will cover it all tonight from the debut of the #InfinityBracketBunker.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

I had Michigan State at 12 before this week — beating Purdue evidently doesn't save them from the fact they only have three Quadrant 1 wins and eight 1 + 2 wins, plus their awful non-conference SOS.

Team Stats

Points Per Game82.628th
Rebounds Per Game41.26th
Assists Per Game20.31st
Points Allowed64.822nd

Tournament History

Final Fours9
Tournament Record64-30
Championship Seasons1979, 2000
Tournament Appearances31