Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Tip-off: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Kohl Center, Madison, WI
Even though lately the home team has mainly controlled this series, Big Ten-leading Michigan State Spartans impressed their YouWager fans with a victory during their last visit to Madison.
The No. 13 Michigan State college basketball team knows a repeat performance won’t be easy to come by tonight when they face the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Spartans (16-3, 5-1), who’ve taken seven straight from the Badgers (13-5, 4-1) on their own court, had been outscored by an average of 13.4 points during an eight-game skid at the Kohl Center before managing to escape with a 63-60 overtime victory last Jan. 3.
The Spartans beat the Badgers 69-55 at the Breslin Center and 65-52 in last season’s conference tournament, however Wisconsin are probably very confident about getting back in front of their own fans. The Badgers have outscored rivals by an average of 24.4 points during their run at home, most recently cruising to a 74-51 rout of then-No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini on Jan. 12.
Michigan State comes into this college basketball game looking for a season best-tying sixth consecutive victory after sneaking by then-No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes 59-56 on Saturday. Junior standout Keith Appling scored a team-high 15 points, including six over the last 41 seconds. Tom Izzo’s team will rely on Appling all the more during this difficult two-game road stretch. The Spartans visit No. 7 Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday.
Last week The Badgers beat Indiana 64-59 in Bloomington but were unable to keep up Saturday in a 70-66 defeat versus the Iowa Hawkeyes. Seniors Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans, averaging a combined 23.9 points, totaled 14 as Wisconsin’s starting five scored just 31.
Freshman George Marshall impresses fans by posting a season-high 20 points in 15 minutes off the bench.
Wisconsin will have to do without reserve Frank Kaminsky for a second straight game due to an eye injury. In addition, Marshall could also miss this game after sitting out Monday’s practice with an illness.
The Badgers have taken 12 of 15 home matchups against Top 25 opponents, though each of those defeats came last season.