4:00 PM ET, March 1, 2009
State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
Spartans edge Illini en route to share of Big Ten regular-season title
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- With a share of the Big Ten title on the line and Illinois closing fast on what had once looked like a comfortable lead, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo put his faith and the ninth-ranked Spartans' fate in the hands of a little used grad student from Nigeria.Idong Ibok hadn't played since Feb. 17, and is averaging just over six minutes on the court this season.
• Tom Izzo led Michigan State to its fifth Big Ten title in his 13th season at the school.
• The Spartans swept the season series against the Illini for the second straight season. They last did that in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
• Michigan State has now won 19 of its last 22 games.
-- ESPN research and The Associated Press
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-60 (.450)||23-50 (.460)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-8 (.250)||4-14 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-24 (.750)||16-19 (.842)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|