The Buckeyes are seeded eighth in the conference tournament and will play in on Thursday at the United Center in Chicago.
It seemed like no matter what happened in the Big Ten championship game, the MI basketball team was destined to be the No. 2 seed out west.
This marked the third time in the past three weeks that the two teams had squared off, with Michigan State winning both the previous meetings - 77-70 on February 24 in Ann Arbor and 75-63 on March 9 in East Lansing.
The Spartans will play MI in the Big Ten Tournament championship game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Buckeyes have been led in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg) this season by sophomore center Kaleb Wesson. He returned in time for the Big Ten Tournament and was instrumental in the second round win over in with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
As much as long the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles sting, a new mission starts Thursday and here are three takeaways from the Wolverines spot in the West region. He had missed five consecutive games after suffering a hairline fracture in his hand during a 62-44 victory over Ohio State on February 17.
Ahrens epitomizes toughness and he's going to be missed by the Spartans for the rest of the 2018-19 season during an NCAA Tournament run.
Head coach Chris Holtmann and a couple of players will meet with the media later Sunday night to discuss the matchup and the tourney bid.