Posted_March 8th, 2013 12:56 am
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- There may end up being a tie at the top of the Big Ten standings when the regular season ends. But the Badgers won't be part of that mix no matter what happens at Penn State Sunday.
Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 10 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night and stay in the Big Ten race.
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 piece of the title and give Michigan State and the Buckeyes a shot to pull into a four-way tie. The Spartans close the regular season Sunday at home against Northwestern after Ohio State hosts Illinois.
The Badgers scored only 18 points in the first half and shot 29% from the field for the game including 4-23 (17%) from beyond the arc. 17 turnovers didn't help the Badgers shot to beat the Spartans for the first time in 5 tries.
Ben Brust led the Badgers with 10 points and was the only UW player in double figures. Mike Bruesewitz & Jared Berggren continued to struggle with their 3-point shooting going a combined 1-8.
(Copyright Associated Press)