Somebody call the governor of Michigan -- Sunday's Big Ten tournament championship game just turned into a state holiday.

Or, according to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, a double holiday.

"My big goal of the weekend was to play three games," Izzo said following the Spartans' 83-75 win over No. 12 Wisconsin in the semifinal Saturday night, which sets up the matchup against Michigan today. "It was very important to me that we play three games because we need to play games to get better. And then, shazam, you throw Michigan in there and the championship game and it's Fourth of July on Christmas."

Michigan won its semifinal 72-69 over Ohio State earlier in the day. The No. 8 Wolverines (25-7) have now won seven in a row and are firmly in the discussion for the fourth No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Add in the fact that the Wolverines swept the No. 22 Spartans (25-8) during the regular season, and there's a recipe for one intense rematch brewing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (3:30 p.m., CBS).

"I think it's great for college basketball," Izzo said. "You got to remember, at the beginning of the year, you're talking about two top seven or eight teams.

"How often does that happen that at the end of the year you're still playing for something?"

It will be the third time in less than two months that the teams have faced, but it will be the first time Michigan and Michigan State have ever faced each other in the 17-year history of the Big Ten tournament.

The Spartans since have won three tournament titles, most recently in 2012. The Wolverines are looking for their second tournament title and first since 1998, the inaugural year for the event.

In between, the two schools have had some big games against each other. Perhaps none, though, as big as Sunday.