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Big Ten Tournament 2014, Michigan State vs. Wisconsin: How to watch, TV schedule

In a rematch of a February thriller, Wisconsin faces Michigan State for the right to play in the Big Ten Tournament championship. Can the Badgers keep rolling?

Graphic: Phil Mitten

Who: No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

When: 3:05 p.m. CT (approx.)

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

TV: CBS

Vs. Michigan State this season: 1-0 (Feb. 9: W, 60-58)

Preview:

So the winner of Saturday's game draws the winner of Ohio State and Michigan, the early game on the semifinals slate. Back in February, Wisconsin was able to build a lead vs. Michigan State, but could never really pull away late. Three different times in the second half, the Badgers led by at least seven points. Yet each time, the Spartans closed to within a possession of the lead. MSU's Adreian Payne spurred the late resurgence, tying the game on a three-pointer with 8.7 seconds remaining. The 6'10 big man finished with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, and the Badgers' ability to limit him on Saturday will be huge in seeing if they're able to advance to the finals.

Wisconsin would also obviously do well to carry forward as much as possible from Friday's win, especially the performance of Sam Dekker, who had been held without a double-figure scoring effort for three straight games before emerging early vs. Minnesota. Dekker finished with 10 points, but his presence was cruical early on.