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Big Ten Tournament 2011: Sparty Likely Punches Tournament Ticket With Big Win

In the biggest upset of the Big Ten Tournament thus far, the Michigan State Spartans fully dominated the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night, winning by a score of 74-56 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Kalin Lucas had a huge game for the Spartans in their winning effort, finishing with 30 points, including going 4-of-6 from three-point range. Lucas had been questionable to play in this one after suffering an ankle injury in Michigan State's victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes last night. Keith Appling was Michigan State's second leading scorer with 10.

Purdue just couldn't get anything going on the night, JaJuan Johnson tried to keep his team afloat, finishing with a team-high 21, but the Boilermakers as a whole had an awful night from long distance, hitting only three of sixteen attempted three pointers.

Michigan State now advances to the semifinals, where they'll take on the winner of the upcoming match-up between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.