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Michigan State 53, Wisconsin 41

April 2, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Turning back the clock to another era, Michigan State showed it could win at Wisconsin’s game in the Final Four.

Morris Peterson provided most of the offense and the Spartans stifled their Big Ten rival for the fourth time this season, moving within one victory of their first national title since 1979 with a bruising 53-41 triumph over Wisconsin on Saturday night.

The Spartans (31-7), who have been focused on nothing but a national title since losing to Duke in the national semifinals a year ago, failed to score a field goal for the final 11:42 of the first half.

It didn’t matter in a game dominated by picks and bricks _ appropriate in the home of the Brickyard.

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