Michigan State Spartans at (5) Wisconsin Badgers
The No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (23-3, 13-2 Big Ten) will look to rebound from their second conference loss of the year today – and clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title – when they host the Michigan State Spartans (19-9, 10-5 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center in Madison (4:00 p.m. Eastern).
On Tuesday, the Badgers were downed by the No. 14 Terrapins in Maryland (59-53). Wisconsin scored just 20 points in the first half and found themselves down 11 at the break. The team mounted a second-half comeback, but couldn’t finish the job late.
“We were close a couple of times but we just couldn’t do it. It’s definitely frustrating,” Senior forward and Wooden Award front-runner Frank Kaminsky told the AP after the game.
Kaminksy had another solid game for Wisconsin, scoring 18 points on 50-percent shooting. Despite the loss, Kaminsky thinks his squad may benefit from the experience: “We’ve had a great season so far. We haven’t really been tested like this many times like this. … I think we’re going to learn a lot from it.”
The Spartans, meanwhile, dropped their last game in OT to Minnesota (96-90) at home. Michigan State got 27 points from Denzel Valentine and 21 from Travis Trice, but it wasn’t enough, as the Spartans went just 19/29 from the charity stripe and allowed the Gophers to shoot nearly 52-percent from the floor.
In the trends, Spartans have dominated the Badgers of late. Michigan State is 6-1 are 1-6 SU in their last seven against Wisconsin. They’ve been equally good betting-wise, going 4-1 ATS in the last five in Madison.
The total has stayed under in four of the last five head-to-head meetings.
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