All tied up: Michigan shares Big Ten basketball title after Ohio State tops Michigan State
The Michigan basketball team did its job in State College, Pa., then hopped on a plane.
Ohio State and senior guard William Buford took care of the rest.
The Buckeyes beat Michigan State 72-70 in East Lansing on Sunday -- three hours after the Wolverines beat Penn State 71-65 -- to create a three-way tie atop the final Big Ten standings.
Buford scored a game-high 25 points, including a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key that gave the Buckeyes their final points with 1 second left in the game.
After three timeouts, a desperation heave by Michigan State's Draymond Green at the buzzer missed the mark.
The No. 10 Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) earned a share of their third straight conference championship and forced the No. 5 Spartans (24-7, 13-5) to settle for having a piece of it along with No. 13 Michigan (23-8, 13-5).
The Wolverines, who won their first Big Ten title since 1986, arrived back in Ann Arbor in time to watch the end of the game from its Player Development Center.
Buford scored just four points when Michigan State ended Ohio State's 39-game home winning streak last month. He returned the favor with his game-winning shot and by scoring 19 points in the second half, giving the Spartans their first loss at home this season.
Green had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Michigan State, which had a two-game lead in the conference race with two games remaining. The Spartans held a banner-raising ceremony after the game.
Ohio State trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half.
Michigan State remains the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Thursday in Indianapolis. Michigan will be the No. 2 seed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.