Preview: No.19 Michigan State at No.10 UW

In their only meeting of the regular season, perennial conference powerhouses Michigan State and Wisconsin meet under the lights of a national television audience and a soldout Kohl Center crowd.

No.19 Michigan State (22-5, 10-4) vs. No.10 Wisconsin (23-4, 13-2)

Date/Time - Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,190)

Television - ESPN2 (Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin and Erin Andrews)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Michigan State leads 66-56

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 70-57 on March 19, 2007 in Chicago

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.1 ppg - leads UW in scoring in Big Ten games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 12.2 ppg - third in the Big Ten in steals)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.8 ppg - averaging 12.6 points over last five games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.3 ppg - 32nd Badger to eclispse 1,000 career points)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.2 ppg - leads the team in minutes played and has played at least 31 minutes in 19 of the last 23 games)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 8.2 ppg - averaging 14.8 ppg over last five games)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.5 ppg - averaging 12.5 minutes in last two games)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 3.9 ppg)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.8 ppg - leads team with 30 blocked shots)

Michigan State Probable Starters

2 Raymar Morgan (Sophomore Forward, 15.2 ppg)

11 Drew Neitzel (Senior Guard, 13.8 ppg)

1 Kalin Lucas (Freshman Guard, 10.0 ppg)

14 Goran Suton (Junior Forward, 8.3 ppg)

34 Drew Naymick (Senior Center, 4.1 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 Chris Allen (Freshman Guard, 6.0 ppg)

15 Durrell Summers (Freshman Guard, 5.7 ppg)

41 Marquise Gray (Junior Forward, 5.3 ppg)

5 Travis Walton (Junior Guard, 3.7 ppg)

Last Time Out

The Wisconsin men's basketball team took over sole possession of first place for the time being in the Big Ten as they improved to 13-2 in conference play with a 58-53 win over Ohio State Sunday afternoon. The Badgers (23-4 overall) were led by Jason Bohannon who scored in double-digits for the fifth-straight game, finishing with 16.

Michael Flowers chipped in 14 points and a career-high tying six assists while senior Brian Butch, who didn't see much floor time after getting into foul trouble early, scored nine points to put him over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Marcus Landry was one rebound shy of a double-double as he totaled ten points and nine boards.

Series Notes:

This will be the 123rd meeting between Wisconsin and Michigan State with the series dating back to 1922

Michigan State leads the all-time series 66-56, but UW leads 40-22 in Madison, including five consecutive wins at the Kohl Center

After meeting three times last season, this is the only scheduled game between the teams this season

UW is 9-3 against the Spartans under Bo Ryan, including 5-0 at the Kohl Center

At least one team has been ranked in 11 of the last 12 meetings but the only time in that span that both teams were ranked was on Feb. 24, 2005.

Wisconsin Notes:

UW is the only team in the Big Ten with four players (Landry, Hughes, Butch and Flowers) averaging at least 10.0 points per game in league play. A fifth player, sophomore guard Jason Bohannon, is averaging 14.8 points over the last five games and averages 9.1 points in conference games.

Since the start of the 2001 Big Ten season, Bo Ryan's first year at Wisconsin, UW has won 81 conference games. That is the most in the Big Ten over that time span. No other team has won at least 70.0 percent of its conference games during that time. Ryan's .730 winning percentage in league play is the best of any Big Ten coach in history (at least 100 games).

UW has eclipsed the 20-win plateau for the fifth time in the last six years. Prior to head coach Bo Ryan's arrival in 2001-02, Wisconsin had collected just four 20-win seasons in 103 years. The Badgers' 23 wins this season are the fi fth-most in school history. Ryan has coached the five winningest teams in UW history.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the country (according to the Feb. 24 NCAA statistics) in scoring defense (55.3). UW also ranks second in the league in field goal percentage defense (.387).

Michigan State Notes:

Michigan State totaled just 12 turnovers in two wins last week (7 vs. Penn State, 5 vs. Iowa). In the previous two games, MSU had committed 19 turnovers against both Purdue and Indiana, including 14 in the first half against the Boilermakers and 12 in the first half against the Hoosiers. For the year, MSU is 10-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent. Michigan State is averaging 14.2 turnovers per game for the season, and 14.6 turnovers in conference play.

Raymar Morgan had a strong week for the Spartans, averaging 16.0 points, shooting 13-of-14 (.929) from the field, and just 1.0 turnovers. In the previous five games, he was averaging 9.2 points and shooting .429 from the field, while averaging 2.4 turnovers. Michigan State is a perfect 17-0 when Morgan scores more than 12 points.

Michigan State is holding its opponents to 39.6 percent shooting overall, and 32.1 percent shooting from 3-point range. The Spartans rank fourth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage defense and third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense.

Michigan State is shooting a Big Ten-best 48.7 percent from the field this season, ranking ninth in the nation (as of Feb. 25), and having shot better than 50 percent in 12 games. MSU has shot better than its opponent in 23 of 27 games.

Last Season:

Last year was a pretty memorable one in the UW-MSU series. After earning the program's first-ever No. 1 ranking, the Badgers traveled to hostile East Lansing and were beaten 64-55. Less than two weeks later at the Kohl Center, Kammron Taylor was the hero, hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds to play, evening the series 1-1 on the season.

Only a week later the two teams met for a third time in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. The Badgers controlled most of the game and came out on top 70-57 en route to advancing to the championship game two days later.

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