EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling bounced back in time to give No. 10 Michigan State a shot to share the Big Ten title.
Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Spartans beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night and stay in the race for a piece of the conference championship.
”The only sad part for me is we had a chance to have destiny in our hands,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said after his team snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana with one game left in the regular season.
The Hoosiers can claim the Big Ten title outright with a win Sunday in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. If they lose, Michigan would earn a piece of the title and the Spartans and Buckeyes would have an opportunity to make it a four-way tie.
The Spartans close the regular season Sunday night at home against Northwestern after Ohio State hosts Illinois and the Wolverines face Indiana.