Too Much Tucker: UW 70- MSU 57

It wasnt a dominating effort, but Alando Tucker's four three-pointers in the second half lifted #3 Wisconsin over Michigan State to an easy 70-57 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

It wasnt a dominating effort, but Alando Tucker's four three-pointers in the second half lifted #3 Wisconsin over Michigan State to an easy 70-57 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

Held to three points in the first half, all on free-throws, Tucker took over when it counted for the Badgers (28-4, 13-3), hitting his three-pointers when the Spartans (22-11, 8-8) were bidding to pull even on the scoreboard.

Down 36-21 at halftime, Michigan State opened the second half on a 11-2 run to pull within five points at several points in the game.

But Tucker's shots stunted the Spartans offensive spurts and in the end were the difference on a night when Drew Neitzel scored only 10 points.

Goran Suton led MSU with 14 points and Raymar Morgan added 11, but fouled out with six minutes remaining in the game.

Neitzel went 3-for-13 shooting and was held scoreless in the first half. Just as it appeared that he got going after hitting his first three-pointer in the second half, Tucker immediately matched him on the very next possession with a three of his own.

Wisconsin jumped out to an early 10-0 advantage in the game on two three-pointers by Michael Flowers. Tucker shot 4-for-8 from deep and as a team the Badgers were 8-for-17 (47.1%) from three-point.

Although they showed life in the second half, the 15-point halftime deficit the Spartans dug themselves was just too much to overcome.

The Badgers move on to face Illinois or Indiana in Saturday's Big Ten semifinal while the Spartans go home and prepare to watch where they land in the NCAA tournament on selection Sunday.


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