Preview: Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Although seeing its five game win streak snapped last Sunday, Wisconsin has had a week to rest up for an important stretch run that will determine its fate for the NCAA Tournament. Up first is fellow bubble-team Michigan, who is fresh off besting second-place Purdue on Thursday.

Michigan (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (17-10, 8-7 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson, Trent Tucker and Charissa Thompson)

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

Series – Michigan Leads 86-62

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 73-61, on December 31, 2008 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.7 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 11.8 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.4 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.1 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.6 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.5 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.7 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.8 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.5 ppg)

Michigan Probable Starters

0 Zack Novak (Freshman Guard, 7.0 ppg)

1 Stu Douglass (Freshman Guard, 6.0 ppg)

3 Manny Harris (Sophomore Guard, 17.2 ppg)

22 Jevohn Shepherd (Senior Forward, 3.0 ppg)

34 DeShawn Sims (Junior Forward, 15.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

12 Anthony Wright (Sophomore Forward, 2.7 ppg)

31 Laval Lucas-Perry (Freshman Guard, 7.0 ppg)

32 Zack Gibson (Junior Forward, 4.1 ppg)

35 Ben Cronin (Freshman Center, 4.0 ppg)

44 Kelvin Grady (Junior Guard, 5.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

Marred in a shooting slumber for 75 percent of the game, the Spartans came alive in the final 10 minutes of the second half, closing the game on a 32-9 run to emerge victorious with a 61-50 win last Sunday.

The loss snaps Wisconsin's season-best five game winning streak and its four game winning streak over the Spartans.

After Bohannon and Landry each nailed a three pointer in a 90 second span to give Wisconsin (17-10, 8-7 Big Ten) a 12-point lead, its biggest of the game, at 12:31 of the second half, Michigan State (21-5, 11-3 Big Ten) went on its run.

After regrouping with a timeout, the Spartans, down 41-29, went on an 18-4 run over the next seven-plus minutes to take their first lead since 2-0.

Senior Marcus Landry answered on the next possession with a turn around jumper at 3:41, ending an eight minute, 30 second field goal drought, but the Spartans continued to pile it on, getting a two point jumper from Kalin Lucas (game-high 17 points) and back-to-back three pointers from Chris Allen and Lucas, the Spartans first two made threes of the game.

From there, it was all downhill for Wisconsin, as the Badgers could never answer back.

Michigan State, the conference's best rebounding team at 39.4 boards per game, out rebounded the Badgers 37-25, including a game-high 10 rebounds by fifth-year senior Goran Suton.

After openly admitting earlier in the week that he disliked Wisconsin more than in-state rival Michigan, Suton, after being benched to start the game and struggling in the first half, erupted for 14 points and seven rebounds in the second half, finishing with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds).

Thanks to Suton, Michigan State out scored the Badgers 32-16 in the paint and 15-7 on second chance points, although the Badgers failed to connect on multiple point-blank shots during the Spartan run.

The Last Meeting

Senior Marcus Landry made up for his poor play against Texas by scoring 16 points and junior Trevon Hughes scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half to lead UW to a 73-61 conference-opening victory against No.23 Michigan on December 31.

After being plagued with foul trouble and scoring just eight points in a season-low 22 minutes, Landry started hot for Wisconsin (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten), hitting his first four shots for a quick 10 points that helped him reach double digits for the eighth time this season.

Wisconsin finished shooting 58.7 percent from the floor, its highest percentage since shooting 59.3 percent against SIU-Edwardsville, and Landry was a big part of that, finishing 7-for-10 from the floor.

While Landry cooled off in the second half because of foul trouble, Hughes picked up slack. As soon as the Wolverines (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) cut UW's 11-point halftime lead down to seven with 17:40 left, Hughes caught fire during a two minute stretch, scoring 10 straight points to push Wisconsin's lead to 15. Michigan didn't get closer to nine the rest of the way.

Series Notes

UM leads the all-time series 86-62, but the Badgers own a 42-32 advantage in games played in Madison

UW has won 12 of the last 16 meetings with the Wolverines, including five in a row

UW is 6-0 vs. Michigan at home under Bo Ryan and has won seven straight home games vs. the Maize and Blue overall

Ryan owns a 4-0 career record vs. John Beilein

Wisconsin Notes:

Bo Ryan's Badgers have never lost a home game to an unranked Big Ten opponent, owning a perfect 47-0 record in such games. Overall, Wisconsin has won 54 straight home games vs. unranked conference foes, with the last loss of that kind coming vs. Iowa on Jan. 29, 2000.

Wisconsin has won five of its last six games. During that stretch, opponents are averaging just 51.3 points per game against UW. The Badgers have posted a +5.3 turnover margin, forcing 81 turnovers (13.5 avg.) and coughing it up just 49 times (8.2 avg.) themselves over that span.

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.

With an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.72 (81-to-47), Hughes leads the Badgers and ranks eighth in the Big Ten. Over the last nine games, the point guard has posted a ratio of 2.1, averaging 3.4 assists and just 1.7 turnovers per game.

Krabbenhoft continues to climb up several of Wisconsin's career statistical lists. His 130 games is tied for third in Badger annals. He has also recorded 708 career rebounds, which is good for eighth place on the all-time chart. Krabbenhoft also ranks sixth on the Wisconsin's all-time offensive rebounding ledger, needing four to pass Brian Butch (222) and crack the top five.

Michigan Notes:

When Michigan lost at Iowa (Feb. 22), the Hawkeyes were coming off a bye and an eight-day layoff. When Michigan faces Wisconsin (March 1), the Badgers will also be coming on an eight-day layoff from a midweek bye. After a home dominated first half of the schedule with just four of its first 14 games away from Crisler Arena, Michigan continues to close the season earning air miles. The Wolverines will continue to close out their regular season on the road -- at Wisconsin (March 1) and at Minnesota (March 7).

In Michigan's last three games, the Wolverines have 57 assists on 76 field goals, giving them helpers on 75.0 percent of their field goals. U-M closed with 18 assists on 29 field goals against Purdue.

Manny Harris is leading the Big Ten in scoring with 17.2 points per game, fifth in rebounding (7.2), sixth in assists (4.28) and 11th in steals (1.31). He is the only player in the Big Ten ranked in the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. He is third overall in free throw shooting 85.4 percent. Harris' 158 free throws are tops in the conference as are his 185 free throw attempts.

With the 87- 78 win against No. 16 Purdue (Feb. 26), Michigan posted its 18th win of the season. The Wolverines continue to move further from their total win count from a season ago when U-M closed 10-22 and did not earn its 10th win until the 31st game of the season.

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