When and where: January 17, 2020, Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI, 7:00 PM ET
The surging Wisconsin Badgers will be looking to claim their third consecutive top-25 opponent in Friday’s run-in with the No. 15-ranked Michigan State Spartans. An eight-game win streak came to a crushing end for the Spartans after getting blown out of the building on the road in a 71-42 loss to Purdue. They’ll try to bounce back at home against the Badgers, who are coming off back-to-back wins over Penn State and Maryland.
Meet Mr. Clutch for the BadgersWisconsin guard Brad Davison earned the nickname Mr. Clutch after his stellar two-way effort helped the team overcome Maryland late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game. His hustle on defense created a turnover with 12.4 seconds left on the clock. He then went on to catch an inbounds pass and knock down a corner 3-pointer to ice the game for the Badgers.
Wisconsin hopes to avoid another dramatic ending in Friday’s meeting with the Spartans. The Badgers have the 12th-ranked scoring defense with teams averaging 59.8 points per game against them. They managed to keep Penn State under 50 points before holding Maryland to 54 points and a 40.4 field goal shooting percentage. That defensive dominance must come into play if they have any chance of knocking off the Spartans’ 14th-ranked offense.
They certainly can’t score with Michigan State with their offense averaging a 43.5 shooting percentage. Don’t expect to see the same sluggish offensive team that got jammed up by Purdue on their home floor. The Spartans will be prepared to put up a fight on both ends this time out.
Michigan State gets hammered on the roadMichigan State found out what it feels like to be the nail in last Sunday’s 71-42 road loss to Purdue. They took the full force of the hammer in a game where their leading scorer, Cassius Winston, was held to a team-high 10 points. It’s the sort of game that either makes or breaks a team.
The Spartans hope it isn’t the latter when hosting the visiting Badgers on Friday. They can find solace in the fact that they played as bad as they could possibly play on offense. Wisconsin will present another tough defensive test, but the Spartans are clearly capable of handling it with an offense averaging a 48.8 field goal shooting percentage at home.
The challenge for Michigan State will be an improved defensive effort. If guys are going to struggle shooting, they have to start locking down on defense to give themselves a chance to compete. They have the 32nd-ranked defense in the league, which is clear proof they underperformed on that end of the floor against Purdue as well.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: N/A
- Spartans are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Spartans are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss.
- Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.