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Wisconsin Storms back for the win!

1:40 PM ET, March 15, 2008, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Wisconsin the number 6 ranked team in the country advoided being upset in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament beating Michigan State 65 to 63. Wisconsin was down 12 at one point in the second half as Michigan State went on a 9 to 1 run with fifteen minutes to go in the game. Michigan States run was aided by the second technical foul called on Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan in two days. After the Michigan State run Wisconsin got back in the game by pounding the ball in the paint on every offensive play. With Wisconsin's down low play Michigan State lost all four of there primary front court players to foul trouble, the last player to foul out was Raymar Morgan with three minutes to play.

Michigan State getting beat badly in the paint started to double-team down low leaving Wisconsin players open on the perimeter and Brian Butch and Marcus Landry hit big three pointers down the stretch with Landry's tying the game. Wisconsin took the lead when Michael Flowers stole the ball and got a fast break layup with a little over a minute to play. After a timeout by coach Tom Izzo with 21 seconds to go to setup the final play of the game freshman guard Kalin Lucas failed to excute the play and lost the ball with 7 seconds to go. The game looked to be over with Wisconsin sharp-shooter Jason Bohannon going to the line to shoot 2, however Bohannon a 90% free throw shooter missed both shots giving Michigan State one last chance. Senior guard Drew Neitzel had a good look at a three with time running out however he missed and Michigan State failed to get the rebound.

Brian Butch rebounded from his worst game of the season yesterday to lead Wisconsin in scoring with 19 points. Marcus Landry played a huge role in getting the team back in the game as it was his inside play that broke the Michigan State defense, he also hit the game tying shot on a three pointer. Landry finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Yesterday's star of the game for Wisconsin Joe Krabbenhoft had another strong performance playing good defense and adding 11 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.

Wisconsin will move on to the Big Ten title game to play either Illinois or Minnesota. In the tournament final Wisconsin will be looking to reverse its recent poor shooting before the NCAA Tournament as they had a rough time again today shooting only 37% from the field. Wisconsin will likely be without starting point guard Trevon Hughes in that game as he went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury midway through the second half.

Michigan State was led in the loss by there guards. The senior Drew Neitzel led Michigan State scoring with 26 points. Neitzal had many big threes in the first half getting the better of Wisconsin guard Michael Flowers, however Flowers played better defense in the second half and Neitzal became less of a factor in the game. In the second half it was freshman guard Kalin Lucas that Wisconsin had a hard time defending and he finished the game with 18 points.

Both Illinois and Minnesota got big upsets yesterday to advance. Both Illinois and Minnesoat will look to upset Wisconsin in the finals and get an automatic bid to get into the NCAA Tournament. Should one of the teams win it would take an at large bid away from one team currentl on the bubble.

Wisconsin scoring line: Butch 19, Landry 18, Krabbenhoft 11, Hughes 4, Flowers 4, Bohannon 7, Jarmusz 2.
Michigan State starting scoring line: Neitzel 26, Lucas 18, Morgan 7, Suton 6, Naymick 2, Allen 3, Ibok 1.

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