Michigan State upsets Wisconsin, 69-63, in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — Spin the wheel for which Michigan State basketball team will show up, and spin it again for which Spartan will deliver a surprise performance.

It was Marcus Bingham Jr. and Joey Hauser’s turn. And Tyson Walker continued to contribute key clutch plays down the stretch as Tom Izzo’s team delivered a second straight survive-and-advance gut-check performance.

Walker hit a pair of jump shots with less than two minutes to play after Bingham and Hauser combined for 20 second-half points as No. 7 seed MSU upset co-league champion and No. 2 seed Wisconsin, 69-63, in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Friday night.

“This was a joy,” Izzo said. “In a normal year, it would have just been, ‘Let’s move on.’ … I felt some joy, because I was happy that some guys came through and did the things that you’ve taught.”

The Spartans (22-11) will play the winner of Friday night’s game between third-seeded No. 9 Purdue and 11th-seeded Penn State at approximately 3:30 pm at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (CBS). It tips off 25 minutes after the 1 pm between No. 9 seed Indiana and No. 5 seed Iowa, and the semifinal winners advance to Sunday’s 3:30 pm championship game.

Michigan State Spartans forward Marcus Bingham Jr. (30) is fouled by Wisconsin Badgers forward Steven Crowl (22) during first half action of the Big Ten tournament Friday, Mar. 11, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

No. 12 Wisconsin (24-7) tied the game at 58 with 1:54 to play on a Chucky Hepburn 3-pointer. But Walker hits a short jumper with 1:32 to play, Gabe Brown grabbed a defensive rebound after a Hepburn heave at the other end, and Walker hits another shot from the right elbow to put MSU up by four with 58.4 to play.

“Everybody has a big need to take those shots,” Walker said. “And when I came off, I had that shot a couple times and I rushed it. So when I came off this time, I was just patient and followed through and everything. It felt good.”

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