Ted Valentine's a joke. The end of game sequences were horrendous: It was as though he wanted the game to tighten up. He let so much go from IU when they were fouling to extend the game. I believe it was Smith Jr. on the sideline where Hulls was hacking him with Valentine watching it all, and OSU had to call a timeout. Then the next possession he got so excited to call a travel after Smith Jr. fell/was getting reached in on. I don't think I've seen Izzo get a technical from Valentine this year which is a damn miracle given how many State games he's done and how much he follows Izzo into the huddle. Valentine's become a storyline with announcers for every game he referees. It makes me pine for the days of old when Ed Hightower was the most visible referee in the Big10. Right in front of Valentine on Sunday (no call, no review oddly enough): On another note, we could see a four way tie for the conference title. It'd be nice for Michigan to repay the favor to Ohio State for giving Michigan a share of the title last year in the final regular season game. If State wins their next two, I'd gladly take a backdoor share of the Big10 title.