Game Preview: No. 10 Michigan State Visits No. 18 Wisconsin

Seth NewmanCorrespondent IApril 7, 2017

The one Big Ten team that Tom Izzo has a losing record against in the last 10 years is Wisconsin. Izzo is 6-13 when facing Wisconsin since Bo Ryan took the team over in 2001.

The Spartans have lost eight straight in the Kohl Center and will try and stop that streak to continue their own streak of winning 13 straight games when No. 10 Michigan State (13-2, 2-0) visits No. 18 Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1) on Tuesday.

Wisconsin is coming off a 2-of-30 shooting performance from beyond the arc in a bizarre loss against Iowa. Iowa has been the worst team in the Big Ten for the last five year,s and yet they became just the seventh Big Ten team to beat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in 85 tries.

The Badgers defense also gave up 72 points to Iowa—almost 30 points above their average.

Michigan State came away with a victory at Nebraska. It wasn’t pretty through most of the game, but the Spartans were able to grind out a victory 68-55.

Senior Draymond Green had 19 points but a few mental errors late in the game. If the Badgers and Spartans are in a tight one at the end, I don’t expect Green to make the same mistakes this time.

The Badgers are known for their slow offense. They want games to be in the 40s-to-50s range. If the Spartans can run the fast break and get some easy baskets to push the pace to 60 or 70, then Wisconsin may be in trouble.

Sophomore guard Keith Appling has turned in some fine point guard performances in recent games. The natural shooting guard is averaging a team-best 3.7 assists per game.

Senior Badger Jordan Taylor leads his team with 12.7 points per game. Taylor can expect another heavy load after playing all 40 minutes against Iowa. The Spartans are one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, but Kohl Center has been a nightmare for them in the last 10 years.

Will the Spartans run their streak to 14 straight victories, or will the Badgers bounce back?

Tipoff is at 7 p.m.