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Spartans on roll in battle for Big Ten

CHICAGO - A couple of weeks ago, Minnesota was hot in the Big Ten race, but now it's Michigan State. The big question is which team will win the conference championship and be on a roll when the NCAA tournament starts. "Five or six teams are still in the race," Gene Keady of Purdue said Tuesday in the weekly teleconference of conference coaches. "Michigan State won on the road and, with the remaining schedule, has to be favored."

As for the NCAA Tournament, Keady said "It's getting to the point where we've talked more about the NCAA than the Big Ten race. Don't get me wrong, I still want to win the Big Ten in the worst way, but" the tournament is also on coaches' minds.

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