Preview: Wisconsin at No.6 Michigan State

Enjoying their longest winning streak of the season, Wisconsin looks to register its biggest win of the season when the Badgers travel east to East Lansing to take on No.6 Michigan State and Tom Izzo, a team and a coach Bo Ryan has had ample success against during his career.

Wisconsin (17-9, 8-6 Big Ten) vs. No.6 Michigan State (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Breslin Student Center (14,759)

Television - ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Steve Lavin)

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

Series – Michigan State Leads 66-58

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 65-63, on March 15, 2008 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Indianapolis, Ind.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.8 ppg - scored nine points at Indiana despite battling an illness)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 11.8 ppg - season high 21 points at Indiana)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.6 ppg - shooting 90.7 percent from the free throw line)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.2 ppg - UW is 5-0 when he starts)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.9 ppg - career high 18 points against Hoosiers)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.6 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.4 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.8 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.9 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.8 ppg)

Michigan State Probable Starters

1 Kalin Lucas (Sophomore Guard, 14.8 ppg - tied for second in the Big Ten in scoring in league games (17.1 ppg))

5 Travis Walton (Senior Guard, 5.5 ppg - Two-time All-Big Ten Defensive Team honoree)

10 Delvon Roe (Freshman Forward, 5.5 ppg - averaging 2.16 off. reb. per game)

14 Goran Suton (Senior Center, 9.9 ppg - Big Ten's leading rebounder in league play (8.6 rpg))

15 Durrell Summers (Sophomore Guard, 9.7 ppg - averaging 13.6 points in last eight games)

Off the Bench

2 Raymar Morgan (Junior Forward, 11.9 ppg - returned to action against Purdue after missing previous three games)

3 Chris Allen (Sophomore Guard, 9.2 ppg - leads Spartans in 3-pointers made and is averaging 10.0 points in last five games)

41 Marquise Gray (Senior Forward, 3.6 ppg - MSU is 16-1 all time when he scored in double figures)

Last Time Out

Getting balanced production from the outside, a season high 21 points from Trevon Hughes, to the inside, a career-high 18 points from Joe Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin throttled Indiana in the second half en route to a 68-51 victory over Indiana Thursday.

The win gives Wisconsin (17-9, 8-6 Big Ten) its fifth-straight victory, a season high, and moves UW into a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.

"We got a bunch of talented guys on the team," said Hughes. "We went on that losing streak and we didn't give up, worked extra hard in practice and in the games. We made promises to each other than we aren't going to take a possession off."

Against a desperate team, the Badgers knew that they needed to pounce early, taking a rowdy environment out of the question. After a shaky first half, Wisconsin did exactly that, crushing any hope Indiana (6-19, 1-12 Big Ten) have of its first big win of the season and sending the Hoosiers to their 15th loss in their last 16 games.

The Badgers held the Hoosiers to only 27.8 percent (5-for-18) shooting in the second half, three of which came in the final 2:28 seconds, while the Badgers shot 60.9 percent (14-for-23) from the floor after halftime.

Hughes scored 11 of his 21 points in the second half to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals while Krabbenhoft also added 11 to his point total after halftime.

The Last Meeting In East Lansing

Michigan State defeated No. 1 Wisconsin, 64-55, on Feb. 20, 2007, giving the Spartans their first ever at home win against the No. 1 team in the AP poll.

MSU trailed 49-45 with 7:08 remaining, but Drew Neitzel scored 11 straight points for the Spartans in 2:12 to give MSU a 56-51 lead. Michigan State out-scored Wisconsin, 19-6, over the final 4:37. Neitzel led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Travis Walton recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. For the game, MSU held a 41-24 advantage on the glass.

The Last Meeting

Wisconsin rallied to defeat Michigan State, 65-63, on March 15, 2008, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Indianapolis. MSU held a 53-41 lead with 8:15 remaining, but UW closed the game on a 24-10 run, including a 13-2 spurt from the 7:53 mark to the 4:34 mark that cut MSU's lead to 55-54. Wisconsin shot 26-of-37 at the foul line, while MSU was just 14-of-19 as four Spartans (Raymar Morgan, Idong Ibok, Goran Suton and Drew Naymick) fouled out of the game. Drew Neitzel led the Spartans with 26 points and Kalin Lucas added 18, while Brian Butch paced the Badgers with 19. Michigan State held Wisconsin to just 37.0 percent shooting from the field, including just 26.1 percent in the first half.

Series Notes

This will be the 125th meeting between Wisconsin and Michigan State with the series dating back to 1922, but the Badgers have won the last four meetings between the schools

MSU leads 41-14 in games played in East Lansing

For the second consecutive year, this is the only regular season match-up between the teams

UW is 11-3 against the Spartans under Bo Ryan, including 2-3 at the Breslin Center

At least one team has been ranked in 13 of the last 14 meetings

Wisconsin Notes:

Ryan's Badgers have a knack for rounding into postseason form late in conference play. Wisconsin is a perfect 5-0 this month and has posted a 17-3 (.850) record in the month of February over the last three seasons. In eight seasons under Ryan, UW owns a 42-14 (.750) record overall in February.

Wisconsin has had six different players have led the team in scoring in a single game and seven different players have paced UW in rebounds. Wisconsin has also seen eight different players register a double-digit scoring game this season.

Trevon Hughes recorded Wisconsin's eighth 20-point game of the season with 21 points at Indiana (2/19). UW is 19-2 over the last two seasons -- and 7-1 this year -- when an individual scores 20 points or more in a single game.

Michigan State Notes:

Michigan State has not lost consecutive games this season, bouncing back in strong fashion from every previous defeat. After its four previous defeats, MSU has out-scored opponents by an average of 80.8-63.0, shooting 50.2 percent from the field and holding opponents to 39.4 percent shooting. The Spartans are also shooting 46.8 percent from 3-point range and out-rebounding opponents by a +11.8 margin.

According to the ESPN.com, Michigan State is 9-2 against the RPI top 50, tied with Connecticut for most wins against the top 50. The Spartans are ranked No. 6 in the RPI, and their strength of schedule is ranked No. 8.

Michigan State leads the Big Ten in 3-point field-goal percentage defense in league contests, allowing opponents to hit just 30.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Over the last four games, opponents have made just 21.6 percent of their 3-pointers (16-of-74).

Freshman guard Korie Lucious hails from the Badger state, where he was a Division I WBCA All-state honoree as a senior at Pius XI high school in Milwaukee, averaging 21.6 points and 6.0 assists. This season, he has been a valuable reserve guard for the Spartans, averaging 2.7 points, 1.6 assists and 9.3 minutes per game. Over the last four games, Lucious is averaging 4.0 points and 13.0 minutes.

The 70-point mark is an important number for Michigan State's success, both offensively and defensively. The Spartans are 15-0 when scoring 70 or more points, but just 5-5 when scoring fewer than 70. Defensively, MSU is 18-0 when allowing fewer than 70 points, but 2-5 when allowing more than 70.


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