Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4 Big Ten) comes off a nine-point loss at No. 7 Michigan on Saturday. The Badgers stayed within two possessions of the Wolverines for most of the second half but could not take back the lead they held in the first half.
Michigan State (19-5, 10-3) returned to the winning track on Saturday with a 24-point stomping of Minnesota at home. Before that, the Spartans had lost three in a row at Purdue, at home to Indiana, and on the road to Illinois.
This will be another key conference game for both the Badgers and Spartans. Wisconsin sits in a tie with Maryland for fourth in the Big Ten, while Michigan State is in third by one game.
There is a reason the Spartans are among the best teams in the conference and in the country.
Michigan State team stats
- Points per game: 81.9 (leads Big Ten)
- Opponents’ points per game: 67.0
- Scoring margin: 14.9 (leads Big Ten)
- Field-goal percentage: 49.5 (leads Big Ten)
- Opponent field-goal percentage: 37.1 (leads Big Ten)
- Three-point percentage: 38.5 (second in Big Ten behind Wisconsin)
- Opponent three-point percentage: 31.8
- Free-throw percentage: 72.7
- Rebounds per game: 42.1 (leads conference)
- Rebound margin: +9.2 (second in conference)
- Blocked shots per game: 5.7 (leads conference)
- Assists per game: 20.2 (leads conference)
- Assist-to-turnover ratio: 1.5 (leads conference)
- Turnovers per game: 13.4
- NCAA NET ranking: 8
- Team rank: 4
- Adjusted offensive efficiency: 119.8 (sixth in nation)
- Adjusted defensive efficiency: 90.0 (ninth in nation)
- Effective field-goal percentage (offense): 56.6 (eighth in nation)
- Effective field-goal percentage (defense): 42.9 (fourth in nation)
- Turnover percentage (defense): 15.1 (336th in nation)
- Offensive-rebound percentage (offense): 35.4 (20th in nation)
- 2P% (offense): 56.0 (17th in nation)
- 2P% (defense): 40.2 (first in nation)
- Best win: 77-59 victory over Purdue at home (No. 8 in KenPom)
- Worst loss: 79-74 defeat at Illinois (No. 71 in KenPom)
Michigan State playmakers
- Junior guard Cassius Winston: 18.6 points per game (fourth in conference); 2.8 rebounds per game; 7.4 assists per game (leads conference); 44.5 percent three-point shooter (fifth in conference); 80.5 percent free-throw shooter
- Senior guard Matt McQuaid: 8.7 points per game; 3.0 rebounds; 43.2 three-pointer shooter (tied for ninth in conference with Wisconsin’s Brad Davison)
- Freshman forward Aaron Henry: 4.8 points per game; 2.9 rebounds per game; shooting 51.6 percent from the field
- Junior forward Nick Ward: 15.5 points per game; 6.7 rebounds per game; shooting 61.2 percent from the field (fourth in conference)
- Redshirt senior forward Kenny Goins: 7.0 rebounds per game; 8.9 rebounds per game (fourth in conference); according to a couple of reports from Larry Lage and Chris Solari, Goins apparently could be limited due to an elbow injury.
- Sophomore forward Xavier Tillman: 8.7 points per game; 7.0 rebounds per game; 1.9 minutes per game