Michigan State had a two game lead in the conference standings coming into this week, but a loss at Indiana and today's home loss against Ohio State opened up the door for a shared conference championship. After a season in which they underachieved and finished with a .500 conference record, the Spartans came back with a solid performance in conference play this year. Their seven game winning streak, with wins against Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State in February gave them a share of the conference crown before the final week of games were even played.
Despite losing Darius Morris, their best player from a year ago, Michigan improved their record by four games this year. With today's win at Penn State the Wolverines snagged a share of the conference crown. A big reason for their great season has been freshman sensation Trey Burke, who has made UM fans forget about Darius Morris. John Beilein is probably the favorite for coach of the year in the conference.
Ohio State, the prohibitive favorite to win the conference this year, came back in East Lansing after being down fifteen in the first half. William Buford hit the game winner to end his Big Ten regular season career in style. Ohio State played most of the season with a target on their backs, as they were the defending champions and the odds-on favorites this year. It would have been considered a disappointment if the Buckeyes didn't win the conference championship this season, and they avoided that by earning a share with their performance on Sunday.