In the 1st half, Michigan State came out aggressive and focused. Austin Thornton got the game started off well scoring the first couple baskets for the Spartans. After that Draymond Green led the team with his great leadership and intensity. The Spartans defense led to an 11-0 advantage in fast break points. Wisconsin struggled offensively to score from the three points and their defense was almost nonexistent in the 1st half. Michigan State led Wisconsin 31-19 at halftime.
However in the 2nd half is somewhat a different story. Michigan State once again came out aggressive and played well but towards the end, they fell apart somewhat. Michigan State started to turnover the ball and began to get out hustled. Wisconsin made a run and was able to make nine point game with less than three minutes. Nevertheless the Spartans were able to make the right plays and key free throws and were able to hang on for the win. Spartans defeated the Badgers 69-55.
Draymond Green was fantastic finishing the game with another double-double, 20p points and 10 rebounds. Keith Appling also played well finishing the game with 20 points and 4 assists. Michigan State records its first regular-season sweep over Wisconsin since the 2000-01 season.
I have been highly impressive with the Spartans late in the season; they have done a great job of being the aggressive team that we love so much. Draymond Green is the honestly the key to how MSU plays and they will need him towards the end of regular season. Spartans have two tough games against #20 Indiana and #6 Ohio State. Derrick Nix and Brandon Dawson also seem to be more comfortable and confident and it shows in the Spartans play. I am anticipating the Spartans will definitely finish the season strong and will as usual be force to reckon with in the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament.