Preview: Wisconsin

The Spartans and Badgers will tip off Tuesday night at the Breslin Center for a surefire battle of ranked Big Ten teams.

No 24 Michigan State vs. #20 Wisconsin

Game Time: 7 p.m. ET

The Spartans enter the contest looking for a victory after falling on the road to Penn State on Saturday 62-66.  With a 2-1 record in Big Ten play, Tom Izzo cannot be happy with his team's performance the past two games and will look to catch their attention in this early conference battle.

Wisconsin enters the Breslin Center also with a 2-1 conference mark (12-3 overall) as veteran Big Ten coach Bo Ryan brings a team to East Lansing looking to knock off the Spartans. Over the years, Ryan has found the going tough in East Lansing have seen his teams go 2-5.  Overall, the Badgers are 12-5 against the Spartans under Ryan.

Last Meeting @ MSU

The Badgers played the Spartans hard just over a year ago as both teams had poor shooting games.  The Spartans held on to win 54-47 by hitting the boards hard and out rebounding Wisconsin 41-24.

Last Meeting Between Teams

The Spartans and Badgers last battled in Madison last season as Kalin Lucas was lost midway through the second half with an ankle injury.  Wisconsin took an early lead and never looked back as they forced the Spartans to commit several turnovers where they scored.  The Badgers played without Jon Leuer in this game as he was out with a broken wrist.

Possible Wisconsin Starting Lineup

F – Jon Leuer (SR)

F – Keaton Nankivil (SR)

F – Mike Bruesewitz (SO)

G – Jordan Taylor (JR)

G – Josh Gasses (FR)

Leuer is the leading scorer for the Badgers with just over nineteen points a game while also pulling down over seven boards a game.  Taylor is not far behind scoring sixteen points a game while pulling down four boards.

The Badgers lead the Big Ten in scoring defense (55.2 ppg), free-throw percentage (.804), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.81).

Quality Wins

The Badgers enter the game with only one victory over a team ranked when they played (Minnesota).  The Badgers have defeated North Carolina State, Boston College, and Marquette.

Wisconsin Last Time On The Court

The Badgers defeated Michigan 66-50 on January 5, 2011 at home.


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