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Game notes: No. 9 Wisconsin 85, No. 12 Michigan State 76

The Badgers won in East Lansing for the first time since 2004.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 25 Wisconsin at Michigan State

On Christmas Day, the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (8-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) took down the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans (6-2 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., 85-76.

Here are some fun facts, highlights and post-game quotes for your reading and watching pleasure!

  • The Badgers registered their first road win of the season and improved to 28-29 all-time in road games under Greg Gard.
  • UW has now won four of its last six road games against an AP Top-25 team. Last season the Badgers won at No. 19 Michigan, No. 20 Penn State and No. 5 Ohio State.
  • Wisconsin’s 85 points are its most in a road win over a ranked team in school history.
  • UW won its 10th-straight Big Ten game dating back to last season, the team’s longest conference win streak since winning 10 in a row during the 2014-15 season.
  • The Badgers claimed their fourth-consecutive Big Ten road win dating back to last season. That is UW’s longest conference road win streak since winning four straight spanning the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
  • The Badgers won at Michigan State for the first time since 2004, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive losses at the Breslin Center. Wisconsin has now beaten Michigan State twice in a row as well.
  • The Badgers scored their most points in the history of the Breslin Center and the most at MSU since an 86-82 win 1976.
  • After turning the ball over five times in the first 4:53 of the game, Wisconsin had zero turnovers in the final 15:03 of the first half and finished the game with just seven.
  • Wisconsin shot 51.9% from the field, marking their fourth game shooting 50.0% or better.
  • Senior G D’Mitrik Trice scored a season-high 29 points, two shy of his career high. That included 4-for-7 from three-point range and 11-for-15 at the free throw line.
  • Trice now owns 336 career assists, moving into seventh place on Wisconsin’s all-time list, passing Tom Molaski (335).
  • Senior F Aleem Ford finished with 13 points, going 5-for-6 from the floor. He has now scored in double figures in each of the last three games and six of the last eight games.
  • Senior G Brad Davison scored 11 points with four rebounds and four assists.
  • Senior F Micah Potter posted 11 points (2-of-3 3FGs) with six rebounds and a career-high five assists. Potter has scored in double figures in five straight games and seven of the last eight.
  • Senior G Trevor Anderson led the Badgers with a +11 in 21:53 of playing time, showing again that he is a positive difference maker whenever he is on the court.