The Wisconsin Badgers look to take down another top-10 program as they end the regular season with a Sunday afternoon match-up against the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans.
Wisconsin (14–16, 7–10 Big Ten) claimed its third straight win in a 70–64 road victory at Northwestern on Thursday night. Redshirt junior forward Ethan Happ scored 19 points with seven rebounds, four steals, three blocks, and three assists. Khalil Iverson registered 16 points and six rebounds, while Andy Van Vliet contributed 14 points, including four three-pointers, in 24 minutes.
Michigan State (27–3, 15–2) has an opportunity to clinch the outright Big Ten regular-season title with a win on Sunday after clinching a share of it in an 81–61 win over Illinois on Feb. 20.
On Friday, Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde and Pete Thamel published their report on a long list of potential NCAA violations linked to agency ASM Sports, which included the names of Michigan State’s Miles Bridges and his mother. Later on Friday, another report by Yahoo again linked the Spartans to notes from Christian Dawkins, this time with Bridges, his mother, and assistant coach Dwayne Stephens.
On Saturday, however, Michigan State interim athletic director Bill Beekman announced Bridges was cleared to play against Wisconsin after a “thorough internal review.”
ICYMI: Miles Bridges has been cleared to play, and assistant Dwayne Stephens denies any wrongdoing. pic.twitter.com/OJqbnOhajF— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 25, 2018
As it is the last home game of the season, Wisconsin will honor its three graduating seniors—forward Aaron Moesch and guards Matt Ferris and T.J. Schlundt—before and after the contest.
Former Wisconsin standouts and current Super Bowl champions Beau Allen and Chris Maragos will also be honored at the Kohl Center on Sunday.
Michigan State won the first match-up between the two schools with a 76–61 victory in East Lansing back on Jan. 26.
When and where is the game?
Wisconsin and Michigan State will tip off at noon CT at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch?
The game will be broadcast on CBS with Kevin Harlan on play-by-play duties with Bill Raftery as the color analyst
How can I listen to it on the radio?
On the Badgers Sports Network, where you’ll find the usual team of Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas. Head to BadgerSportsNetwork.com to find it. You can also listen on iHeartRadio (iOS/Android/online) by searching “WIBA.”
Nationally, you can hear the game on Westwood One, with Craig Way and Austin Croshere on the call.
Wisconsin’s probable starters
- Forward Aleem Ford: Redshirt freshman; 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists per game
- Forward Khalil Iverson: Junior; 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game
- Forward Ethan Happ: Redshirt junior; 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists per game
- Guard Brad Davison: Freshman; 11.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game
- Guard Brevin Pritzl: Redshirt sophomore; 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists per game
Wisconsin vs. #2 Michigan State— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) February 24, 2018
Noon (CT) at the Kohl Center
Get there early. Get there loud.
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