|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1||3-1||3-2||65.2||34.2||43.7%||38.2||52.6||22.0||36.5%||31.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||67.0||32.3||24-57||42.9%||8-23||34.2%||11-17||62.6%||37||11||14||14||6||9||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||64.1||29.5||23-55||41.6%||6-18||33.3%||13-18||69.0%||33||9||12||17||6||13||3|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||61.7||27.1||21-54||39.5%||7-22||31.1%||12-20||60.9%||35||10||12||16||4||10||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||55.8||24.9||21-53||39.4%||4-13||30.6%||10-14||69.0%||32||7||9||17||5||11||2|
|vs opponents averaging||67.8||31.7||24-55||44.0%||6-18||34.1%||13-19||70.3%||35||9||13||17||6||12||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||62.1||29.3||22-52||42.9%||4-13||30.8%||13-18||74.0%||35||7||9||18||5||10||3|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1.1||2-2||2-3||66.6||31.8||44.4%||39.2||62.8||27.4||41.1%||28.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||69.2||32.1||25-53||46.4%||5-15||34.3%||15-20||71.2%||38||10||13||16||8||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||64.9||29.2||23-55||41.2%||6-18||32.3%||13-19||70.1%||35||9||12||18||6||13||4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||72.6||32.6||25-52||48.4%||5-15||33.6%||17-23||71.1%||39||10||15||15||9||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||59.8||28.1||21-54||39.4%||5-17||31.0%||12-18||65.8%||30||8||11||18||7||13||3|
|vs opponents averaging||68.6||31.9||24-56||43.4%||6-18||34.0%||14-20||68.9%||36||10||13||17||7||12||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||56.3||26.2||20-55||35.9%||6-19||30.1%||11-17||63.3%||31||8||10||19||8||14||2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WISCONSIN 76.7, MICHIGAN ST 76.3|
|1/29/2013||@ OHIO ST||49-58||L||6||L||119||U||19-52||36.5%||26||9||23-45||51.1%||32||10|
|3/7/2013||@ MICHIGAN ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/10/2013||@ PENN ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|1/16/2013||@ PENN ST||81-72||W||-10.5||L||125||O||26-55||47.3%||33||7||24-50||48.0%||30||8|
|2/24/2013||@ OHIO ST||60-68||L||3||L||129.5||U||21-46||45.7%||33||14||22-50||44.0%||26||9|
|3/7/2013||WISCONSIN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/10/2013||NORTHWESTERN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|WISCONSIN: Head coach Bo Ryan's Badgers may not be able to match up to Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in this year's Big Ten but they should be favored against the rest of the competition. Wisconsin's defense and slow tempo is legendary, holding opponents to a Division-I low 53.2 PPG, and that shouldn't change even without last year's leader Jordan Taylor, who had a team-high 14.8 PPG and 4.1 APG. Now it's time for Ryan Evans (11.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG) and Jared Berggren (10.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 BPG) to lead this team from the inside out. Despite standing at 6-foot-10 and playing center in a lot of Ryan's lineups, Berggren is also a threat on the perimeter, averaging 1.3 threes per game last year, where he will be especially needed considering sniper Josh Gasser, who played 34.1 MPG last year and nailed 45.2% of his shots from beyond the arc, is out for the year with a torn ACL. At 6-foot-7, freshman SF Sam Dekker will be a perfect addition to Ryan's style of play, giving this team a lengthy and flexible roster that should continue to play lockdown defense.|
|MICHIGAN ST: Tom Izzo's squads will always compete, and Izzo squads with this much talent have the potential to be special. Last year's centerpiece Draymond Green is gone, but there is a plethora of talent waiting in the wings to take this team past last year's Big Ten regular season title that they shared with Michigan. Junior guard Keith Appling (11.4 PPG, 3.9 APG) is primed for a breakout season as the go-to guy while sophomore swingman Branden Dawson (8.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG) was second on the team in rebounding as a freshman and presents significant matchup issues with his athletic 6-foot-6 frame. Six-foot-10 center Adreian Payne (7.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG) should also be prepared to handle a bigger role after making the most of his 17.9 MPG last season as well. And watch out for freshman shooting guard Gary Harris, who not only can score, but will provide MSU with a lockdown defender, which is vital in this conference with such talented guard play.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (WISCONSIN-MICHIGAN ST) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wisconsin-Michigan St. Preview* ================================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Wisconsin (20-9) at Michigan State (22-7), 9:00 p.m. EDT
Michigan State and Wisconsin can still claim shares of the Big Ten title, but they've made it much harder on themselves after recent disappointments.
The No. 10 Spartans, losers of three straight, and the 22nd-ranked Badgers, who are coming off an upset defeat, will square off Thursday night in East Lansing with the winner still alive for part of the conference crown.
Michigan State has won seven straight at home over Wisconsin and four in a row overall in the series, including a 49-47 victory in Madison on Jan. 22. Each team needs to win its final two games and also hope for No. 7 Michigan to beat second-ranked Indiana on Sunday in Ann Arbor to claim a piece of the conference championship. The Spartans (22-7, 11-5) conclude the season Sunday at home against Northwestern, while the Badgers (20-9, 11-5) visit last-place Penn State.
The Spartans were tied for the Big Ten lead before suffering three consecutive defeats to ranked opponents by a combined 13 points. The slide has coincided with a personal slump for leading scorer Keith Appling, who was averaging 14.1 points prior to the losing streak.
Appling has scored in single digits in each of the last three games while going 5 of 23 from the field (21.7 percent).
His lowest point came Sunday in a 58-57 loss at Michigan when Trey Burke stole the ball from him and went the other way for the game-winning basket with 22 seconds left.
"Things just haven't been going my way lately, but I'm a mentally tough person," said Appling, who had a game-high 19 points against Wisconsin earlier this season. "So, I don't let it bother me too much. I just watch the film and try to grow from it."
Michigan State's 3-point shooting, which is at 25.0 percent over the last three games, could particularly use a spark from Appling, who is 0 for 9 during the same stretch.
While the Spartans have been dropping close games, Wisconsin had won three straight by a total of 81 points and seemed to be cruising to a fourth on Sunday with a 13-point first-half lead at home over Purdue.
But the Badgers went cold from 3-point range, missing their last 18 attempts, and wound up giving away a 39-27 rebounding edge in what finished as a 69-56 loss. They will be tested on the boards again by the Spartans, who rank 12th in the nation in rebounding differential at plus-7.2. Wisconsin is at plus-4.8, but battled Michigan State to a 35-all rebounding tie in the first meeting.
"I think the numbers show that they (Purdue) did a better job of some of those hustle plays," said Jared Berggren, who averages a team-high 11.6 points along with 7.0 rebounds. "That's something we normally take pride in controlling and getting more than our fair share of rebounds, loose balls, things like that. We didn't do a good job coming away with those and that cost us."
Both teams have seen key freshmen step up their play even more in recent weeks. Gary Harris is averaging 16.0 points on 50.9 percent shooting over Michigan State's last five games, while the Badgers' Sam Dekker is scoring 13.0 points per game over the last six while shooting 59.1 percent.
Wisconsin hit only 29.6 percent of its shots in the first meeting - its lowest mark in almost two years - while sophomore Branden Dawson had 18 points and a career high-tying 13 rebounds for Michigan State.
The Badgers haven't won in East Lansing since a 68-64 overtime victory on March 2, 2004.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 4:15:28 PM EST|