This past Sunday, the 15th of Mar. 2015 was basically the last day of the NCAA 2014-15 Conference tournaments, and last evening the NCAA Tournament Selection committee released the 68 teams that will make up the tournament and their seeds.
Meanwhile the Big Ten Championship game was being played on this same date, as the Michigan State Spartans 23-11, 12-6 Big Ten played the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers 31-3, 16-2 Big Ten and the game was played at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with tip-off at 3:30 PM ET with 17,212 fans in attendance and the game was seen on CBS TV.
The game actually went into overtime and the scoring in 1st half of the game was led by the Spartans of MSU with 32 points and the No. 6 Badgers of WIS made 31 points. Thus the 2nd half of this game saw the favorite Badgers begin with a 1 point deficit. However the Badgers came back and outscored the Spartans 37-38 thus the game ended with a tied score Michigan State 69 and Wisconsin 69 and went into Over Time. In the overtime period of this game the Badgers rallied and at the same time shutout the Spartans while Wisconsin outscored the Spartans 11-0 in OT to win the game 80-69 and the 2014-15 Big Ten Championship.
The top 5 performers in the title game for the Spartans of Michigan State were guard-Valentine-16 points 6 rebounds 6 assists, forward-Dawson-16 points 7 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal, guard-Forbes-10 points 3 assists off the bench, forward-Costello-8 points 4 rebounds 2 assists 2 blocks off the bench and guard-Trice-6 points 1 rebound and 3 assists.
The leading top 5 performances from the No. 6 Badgers of Wisconsin came from forward-Hayes-25 points 5 rebounds 1 assist 2 steals. Forward-Kaminsky-19 points 5 rebounds 4 assist 1 block, guard-Koenig-18 points 4 rebounds 9 assists, forward-Dukan-11 points, 1 rebound 1 assist 1 steal and forward-Dekker-4 points 3 rebounds and 1 steal.
The team statistics for the same categories as above are: MSU with 32 rebounds 16 assists 3 steals 2 blocks 13 turnovers WIS with 23 rebounds 18 assists 7 steals 1 block 7 turnovers.
The comparison of the teams statistics in this game saw MSU scoring 69 points as they attempted 53 field goals making 27 for 51% completion, while on 3-pointers they made 6 of 14 for 43% completion and then on foul shots made 9 of 9 for an 100% completion rate, and they committed 17 fouls in this game.
The WIS team scored the winning 80 points including OT as they attempted 52 field goals and made 25 for 48% completion, and on 3-pointers they made 17 of 20 for an 85% completion rate, and they committed a fewer 11 fouls in this game.
In the OT in this Big Ten Title game the Spartans missed all of the 6 shot attempts plus committed two turnovers in this period, while the Badgers with at 4:06 forward Hayes made 3-pointer now 72-69, at 2:09 guard Koenig makes 3-pointer now 75-69, at 1:29 forward Hayes makes 2 FT’s now 77-69, at 1:04 forward Hayes makes another 2 FT’s now 79-69 and with 0:49 seconds left guard Koenig makes FT now 80-69 and the finals score in the game.
For those that Bet on College hoops at an Offshore sportsbook you need to be aware of the fact that the Spartans of Michigan State will play the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday the 20th of March the 2nd round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at 12:45 PM ET, while the Badgers of Wisconsin play Coastal Carolina also on Friday at 9:25 PM ET.