Michigan State and Wisconsin can still claim shares of the Big Ten title, but they've made it much harder on themselves after recent disappointments.
The No. 10 Spartans, losers of three straight, and the 22nd-ranked Badgers, who are coming off an upset defeat, will square off Thursday night in East Lansing with the winner still alive for part of the conference crown.
Michigan State has won seven straight at home over Wisconsin and four in a row overall in the series, including a 49-47 victory in Madison on Jan. 22. Each team needs to win its final two games and also hope for No. 7 Michigan to beat second-ranked Indiana on Sunday in Ann Arbor to claim a piece of the conference championship. The Spartans (22-7, 11-5) conclude the season Sunday at home against Northwestern, while the Badgers (20-9, 11-5) visit last-place Penn State.
The Spartans were tied for the Big Ten lead before suffering three consecutive defeats to ranked opponents by a combined 13 points. The slide has coinc...