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Spartans, Buckeyes scrap Sunday

 


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For a change, Michigan State and Ohio State aren’t playing for a trophy.

After contesting Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles in two of their last three meetings, there’ll be no hardware up for grabs when the fourth-ranked Spartans square off with the No. 18 Buckeyes on Sunday.

That does not mean there is nothing on the line.

“It’s like there’s always a trophy on the line every time you play one of the top-tier teams in this conference,” Ohio State guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said. “It’s clutch time now. It’s gut-check (time) now. Now, toward...



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