Badgers host Spartans in regular season finale
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – The fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will have
revenge on their minds when they host the Michigan State Spartans in the
final regular season game for both clubs.
Michigan State fought its way into a favorable position to claim an NCAA
Tournament berth with four consecutive victories, but that streak was halted
by Tuesday’s 67-56 setback at Michigan. The Spartans are still 21-9 overall,
including 8-7 in conference, but they are a lowly 1-7 in true road games.
Wisconsin lost only two of its first 28 games this season, but the last two
outings for the squad have resulted in defeat. The Badgers have been idle
since Sunday when they dropped a 49-48 decision to Ohio State in a battle for
Big Ten supremacy. At 18-0 at home, Wisconsin has reason for confidence this
Just two weeks ago, Michigan State recorded a 64-55 upset of Wisconsin in East
Lansing. The Spartans now own a 66-54 series lead over the Badgers.
Michigan State shot a lackluster 42.3 percent from the floor against Michigan
on Tuesday, including a 3-of-15 showing from three-point range. The Spartans
also suffered a crippling 25-9 deficit in points from the foul line, and they
forced a low total of eight turnovers in 40 minutes of action. Raymar Morgan
scored a team-high 13 points in defeat, while Goran Suton finished with 11
points and 10 rebounds. Drew Neitzel also scored 11 points, but that is
considered a lackluster performance for the standout guard. Neitzel is racking
up 18.2 ppg this season on 41.3 percent shooting from three-point range and
88.9 percent accuracy from the charity stripe. He has also dished out 125
assists to place second on the roster in that category. Morgan is contributing
11.5 ppg as the only other double-digit scorer on the team.
Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker is a major candidate for National Player of the Year
honors, as he is netting 19.9 ppg for one of the best teams in all of college
basketball. There is only one other double-digit scorer on the roster, as
Kammron Taylor is posting 12.7 ppg on the strength of his 41 percent
efficiency from three-point range. The Badgers are scoring 72.0 ppg this
season while limiting the opposition to 57.7 ppg. Wisconsin did not play well
at the offensive end against Ohio State, as it shot just 35.1 percent from the
floor, including a 5-of-17 showing from behind the arc. The Badgers also
finished with a low total of only three points from the foul line,
overshadowing a 38-29 rebounding advantage. Tucker shot just 5-of-15 from the
field and managed a mere 12 points in defeat.