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Michigan State moves past Wisconsin, advances to Big Ten Tournament final

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The Spartans led for all 40 minutes to advance to the conference tournament championship game.

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Semifinals Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

CHICAGO — Coming off a sound win over Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan State followed it up again on Saturday in a wire-to-wire 67-55 win against Wisconsin.

Cassius Winston led the team in scoring for the 20th time in 32 games this year, pouring in a game-high 21 points, as the Big Ten Player of the Year pushed his team to their first conference tournament title game since 2016.

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It was another impressive outing from senior Kenny Goins, as he notched his sixth double-double of the season after collecting 13 points and 12 rebounds.

After a productive quarterfinal for Nick Ward who made his return to the lineup after missing the previous five games, he struggled in Saturday’s game. Ward finished with just 2 points in 11 minutes played, largely in part to him battling foul trouble for most of the afternoon.

The top-seeded Spartans will await the winner of Minnesota and Michigan, both teams they’ve beaten in the regular season. Tipoff for Sunday’s championship game will be at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.