Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Michigan State at Wisconsin Breakdown & Prediction

No. 13 Michigan State at Wisconsin
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Kohl Center
Records: Michigan State 16-3, 5-1 Big Ten; Wisconsin 13-5, 4-1
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.8 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.2 rpg); Assists – Appling (4.5 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.8 spg).
Wisconsin stat leaders: Points – Jared Berggren (12.7 ppg); Rebounds – Ryan Evans (7.6 rpg); Assists – Ben Brust (3.0 apg); Steals – Brust/Traevon Jackson (1.1 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W5; Wisconsin L1
Point Spread: Wisconsin -6
Prediction: The Kohl Center has not been an easy place to play for any team, let alone Michigan State. Bo Ryan has always played Michigan State tough, but the Spartans have won three straight in this series, including one in OT at the Kohl Center. I think MSU would have had a better chance in this game had Wisconsin not been coming off a loss to Iowa. The Badgers should be pumped up and ready for this rivalry game. I think the Spartans will be up to the challenge, but I see the Badgers sneaking one out in a typical, ugly MSU vs. Wisconsin basketball game. Wisconsin 58, Michigan State 56

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