Posted March 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
Michigan State still has a shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament if it can forget about a bitter finish to the regular season and overcome a season-ending injury to its star freshman. The eighth-ranked and top-seeded Spartans will try to help their cause by winning their first Big Ten tournament title since 2000. The push to end that drought begins Friday against ninth-seeded Iowa at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State (24-7) was denied its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in three years when Ohio State's William Buford hit a last-second shot to give the Buckeyes a 72-70 win in East Lansing on Sunday. The Spartans, who also fell at then-No. 18 Indiana on Feb. 28, had an early 15-point lead against Ohio State but wilted after Branden Dawson tore a ligament in his left knee. The freshman swingman will likely need six months to recover from surgery. Despite the consecutive losses, Michigan State won a piece of its third regular-season champi...
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