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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Iowa center Luka Garza celebrates after making a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in Iowa City, Iowa. Garza was selected the Associated Press Big Ten Player of the Year Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa's Garza, Badgers' Gard take AP All-Big Ten top honors

Mar. 10, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

Iowa's Luka Garza is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Wisconsin's Greg Gard is its coach of the year. Garza was the unanimous pick for player of the year and for a spot on the AP's All-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference....

Iowa's Luka Garza (55) shoots as Illinois' Kofi Cockburn (21), Da'Monte Williams (20), and Andres Feliz (10) defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Garza picked Big Ten Player of Year, Gard gets coach honors

Mar. 9, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Iowa center Luka Garza is the Big Ten Player of the Year after emerging as one of the nation's best players this season, while Wisconsin's Greg Gard took Coach of the Year honors in voting announced Monday. Garza leads the Big Ten in scoring and ranks fifth in the nation at 23.9...

Michigan State's Cassius Winston kisses the court as he comes out late of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in the second half Sunday, March 8, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

No. 16 Mich St tops No. 19 Ohio St 80-69, shares B10 title

Mar. 8, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston kissed Michigan State's logo in the middle of its basketball court, following the school's quarter-century long tradition toward the end of his last game at the Breslin Center. The senior scored 27 points to help the 16th-ranked Spartans beat No. 19 Ohio State...

Michigan State's Xavier Tillman, left, works against Penn State's Lamar Stevens during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Streaking Spartans looking for 3rd straight Big Ten title

Mar. 6, 2020 3:02 AM EST

What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEKEND Ohio State at No. 16 Michigan State, Sunday. Michigan State (21-9, 13-6) has won four straight and with a win over the Buckeyes (21-9, 11-8) would claim a third straight Big Ten regular-season championship. The Spartans, in the middle of the pack a month...

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts reacts during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Penn State, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Tillman leads No. 16 Spartans to comeback win

Mar. 3, 2020 10:14 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tom Izzo thought his No. 16 Michigan State squad lacked toughness earlier this season. To his pleasure, the Spartans played their grittiest game all year and gave themselves a chance to win what Izzo calls the most physical conference. Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had...

Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. (1) goes to the basket for a layup during the first half against the of an NCAA college basketball game against the Michigan State, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

Winston leads No. 24 Michigan St past No. 9 Maryland 78-66

Feb. 29, 2020 11:55 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Tom Izzo certainly got Michigan State in the proper frame of mind, and he should be commended for devising a game plan good enough to deny Maryland a chance to clinch first place in the Big Ten. The long-time Spartans coach also laughingly took credit for the shot of the game, a...

Maryland's Darryl Morsell celebrates his go-ahead 3-point basket against Minnesota late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Minneapolis. Maryland won 74-73. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Terps close in on 1st Big Ten title, with Spartans next

Feb. 28, 2020 2:13 AM EST

What to watch this week in Big Ten basketball: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Maryland, Saturday. The ninth-ranked Terrapins are coming off one of the most remarkable comeback victories in the conference this year — a 74-73 win Wednesday at Minnesota on Darryl Morsell's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds...

Michigan State's Malik Hall, right and Iowa's Luka Garza (55) and Michigan State's Thomas Kithier, left, vie for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Behind Winston, No. 24 Michigan State tops No. 18 Iowa 78-70

Feb. 25, 2020 10:59 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored only one point in the first half and it looked like his team's slim shot to win another Big Ten title was vanishing. The All-America point guard bounced back and scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half, helping No. 24 Michigan State rally to beat...

Michigan State's Cassius Winston (5) drives between Nebraska's Jervay Green (23) and Nebraska forward Yvan Ouedraogo (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Michigan State shakes off sloppy play to beat Nebraska 86-65

Feb. 20, 2020 11:44 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — As far as Tom Izzo is concerned, a 21-point win over lowly Nebraska doesn't mean everything's OK now for Michigan State. The Spartans, who have been struggling for almost a month, had a good shooting night, dominated the boards and got big contributions from reserves Gabe Brown and...

Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. (1) drives on Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

No. 9 Maryland beats Michigan State 67-60 with 14-0 run

Feb. 15, 2020 9:26 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anthony Cowan was the smallest and best player on the court when it was time for No. 9 Maryland to rally for a win at Michigan State to stay alone in first place in the Big Ten. Cowan scored 11 of his 24 points in the final two-plus minutes, helping the Terrapins beat the...