INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Allen led three Spartans in double figures, and Michigan State kept its hopes for a top seed alive with a 64-56 victory over scrappy Minnesota on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. It was Michigan State's sixth straight win, and ninth in its last 10 games.
Allen finished with 17 points, Big Ten player of the year Kalin Lucas had 12 and Marquise Gray added 11.
Damian Johnson had 19 and Devron Bostick added 12 for Minnesota, which now has to wait to see if its 22-10 record will be good enough for its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2005. The Gophers played in the NIT last year.
Evan Turner scored 19 points and Ohio
State held Wisconsin without a field goal for the final 6 minutes
of the Buckeyes' 61-57 victory.
The Badgers led 54-47 with 6 minutes to go but missed their
final seven shots, managing only one free throw by Marcus Landry
and two by Jason Bohannon during the 14-3 run by the Buckeyes.
Turner had six points during that stretch.
Fifth-seeded Ohio State (21-9), which lost to Michigan State in
the Big Ten quarterfinals last year, will play the top-seeded and
seventh-ranked Spartans in the conference semifinals Saturday. Jeremie Simmons added 10 points for Ohio State. No. 4-seed
Wisconsin (19-12) was led by Trevon Hughes with 15 and Bohannon
Mike Davis finished with 22 points and 10
rebounds, leading second-seeded Illinois past Michigan 60-50.
Davis provided a steadying influence for the Fighting Illini
(24-8), who were playing without starting guard Chester Frazier
because of a hand injury.
Illinois faces either third-seeded Purdue or sixth-seeded Penn
State in Saturday's semifinals.
The Wolverines (20-13) were led by DeShawn Sims with 15 points.
Michigan's leading scorer Manny Harris finished with nine points.
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