In an unexpected upset, the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Michigan State Spartans 68-58 in the Big Ten tournament on March 10th, 2023. The loss for the Spartans was a shock to fans and analysts alike, as Michigan State was heavily favored to win.
The game was closely contested throughout, with both teams trading baskets and neither team able to pull ahead by more than a few points. However, in the second half, Ohio State began to pull away, thanks to strong performances from their star players.
Michigan State was dealt a blow before the game even began, as Brice Sensabaugh was forced to miss the matchup due to knee soreness. Sensabaugh’s absence was especially significant, as he had been a key player for the Spartans throughout the season.
Despite the loss, the Spartans remained optimistic about their chances in the NCAA tournament. “It’s obviously a disappointing result, but we’re going to take this as motivation,” said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. “We know we’re capable of playing better than this, and we’re going to work hard to make sure we’re ready for the next challenge.”
The Buckeyes, on the other hand, continued their magical run through March, with the win over Michigan State earning them a spot in the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio State fans are now hopeful that their team can continue to prove the doubters wrong and make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
Meanwhile, ice hockey fans of Michigan State were gearing up for their own game, as they faced off against the University of Michigan later in the day.
Overall, it was a busy day for Michigan sports fans, with plenty of excitement and disappointment to go around. As the NCAA tournament looms large, both Michigan State and Ohio State will be looking to make their mark and claim the title of national champions.