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Spartans' upset setback may be costly in seeding

Loss to Penn State may hurt MSU's chance at top seed

CHICAGO — Michigan State might have cost itself a No. 1 seed. If the Spartans keep playing like this, they're going to cost themselves much, much more.

Joe Crispin made an off-balance 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, then sealed Penn State's victory with a pair of free throws as the Nittany Lions upset the sloppy Spartans 65-63 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday night.

"Do I think we're deserving of a No. 1 seed? I don't know who else is going to lose. I would say probably not," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "Do I think we're deserving of a No. 2 seed? Yes, and maybe a No. 1 if the right teams lose.

"But you know what? I don't really care," Izzo said. "If we don't play better and win the battle of the effort stats, we're not going to accomplish what we need to accomplish."

It was an all-around ugly effort from the second-ranked Spartans (24-4), who won a share of their fourth consecutive regular-season title and were looking for their third straight tournament crown. They couldn't take care of the ball, turning it over 17 times and giving up a whopping 21 points off the miscues.

The victory might have sealed an NCAA bid for the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions, who were on the bubble after losing three of their last four regular-season games.

NO. 3 DUKE 76, NC STATE 61: Jason Williams scored 10 of his 19 points during a 15-0 first-half run as Duke began defense of its two straight ACC titles with a comfortable quarterfinal victory.

NO. 4 ILLINOIS 83, PURDUE 66: Frank Williams scored 13 points and dished out a season-best 11 assists as No. 4 Illinois shot 54 percent and cruised into the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

NO. 5 FLORIDA 69, ALABAMA 61: Matt Bonner had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Brett Nelson added 19 points as Florida advanced to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

NO. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 99, CLEMSON 81: North Carolina advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals by beating the team that knocked it out of the top spot in the rankings last month.

BAYLOR 62, NO. 7 IOWA STATE 49: Big 12 player of the year Jamaal Tinsley scored just eight points before fouling out and Iowa State shot 31 percent as Baylor stunned the Cyclones in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

NO. 9 KANSAS 94, KANSAS ST. 63: Jeff Boschee hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points as Kansas cruised in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

NO. 10 BOSTON COLLEGE 75, SETON HALL 48: Boston College ended Seton Hall's unlikely march through the Big East tournament, ripping the Pirates to advance to the championship game.

GEORGIA TECH 74, NO. 12 VIRGINIA 69: Alvin Jones scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots as Georgia Tech solidified its NCAA credentials with a victory in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

NO. 14 MISSISSIPPI 86, TENNESSEE 73: Aaron Harper scored 21 points, and Rahim Lockhart added 17 to lead Mississippi into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

NO. 15 KENTUCKY 78, SOUTH CAROLINA 65: Keith Bogans hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points as Kentucky moved into the semifinals of the SEC tournament.

NO. 20 TEXAS 55, OKLAHOMA STATE 54: Chris Owens scored 12 points, and Brandon Mouton made the defensive play of the game as Texas slipped past Oklahoma State to reach the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

MASSACHUSETTS 75, NO. 21 ST. JOSEPH'S 70: Monty Mack scored 27 points to lead Massachusetts to an upset of top-seeded St. Joseph's and into the finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

INDIANA 64, NO. 23 WISCONSIN 52: Kirk Haston scored 19 points and Indiana held Wisconsin without a field goal for almost 14 1/2 minutes as the Hoosiers cruised into the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

HAWAII 76, NO. 25 FRESNO ST. 67: Predrag Savovic scored 23 points as Hawaii upset top-seeded Fresno State in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.