Not the Badgers Neit (zel)

Drew Neitzel led all scorers with 28 points as the home Spartans knocked the recently crowned No. 1 team in the land from their post by defeating Wisconsin, 64-55.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan talked about the celebration he went through after hearing his Badgers were awarded the top spot in the most recent Associated Press basketball rankings.

Well, the party favors were put away quickly after he saw how Michigan State was manhandling a streaking Iowa team by 30 points.

He must have known something.

Drew Neitzel connected on six three-point field goals, and Michigan State held Alando Tucker to just two points in the second half en route to a 64-55 upset of Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

The Badgers were playing their first game in school history as the number one ranked team. It was also the first game in a very brutal final set. There is no rest for the weary, either. Who is up next?

Top ranked Ohio State in Columbus. Talk about your murderer's row type schedule. Maybe the pressure of being ranked at the top was a drawback to the Wisconsin performance this evening.

"I don't think that had anything to do with it." Coach Bo Ryan said after the game. "We just played a better team tonight. They beat us."

The Spartans limited the Badgers to just two field goals in the final 7:30 of the contest. Had it not been for Marcus Landry playing a career game in which he led the team with 18 points, Wisconsin may not have been as close as the final score showed.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has always mention how he hopes each of his teams leave a "footprint on the program". Well, after the game he told ESPN's Erin Andrews that "beating the top ranked team is a pretty good footprint."

It was the first time that MSU has ever beaten a top ranked team in the history of the program. With the win, it almost assures the Spartans will play in the NCAA Tournament. They now have a record of 20-8 (7-6 in the Big Ten).

Michigan State's final three games are home against Indiana on Saturday evening, and then they travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan next Wednesday. Oh by the way, they then must face the Badgers again on March 3 in Madison.

You can bet Wisconsin will be prepared for that game.

The loss drops the Badgers to 26-3, 12-2 in the Big Ten. They still control their own destiny as far as the conference standings are concerned. If they win out, they will be the Big Ten champions.

Tucker finished with 16 points. Kam Taylor, the Badger's second leading scorer, was held to just two points. Andrew Walton and Raymar Morgan chipped in 13 and 12, respectively, for MSU.

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