After splitting the difference in the polls - leapfrogging from third to first in the AP, and moving up to second in USA Today/ESPN, Wisconsin was in position to roll into Columbus to decide who was really number one in the land. First the Badgers had to swing by East Lansing. The welcome they got?
Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' Badgers!
Unranked Michigan State either didn't know they were playing the number one team in the country, or the number one team in the country didn't take State seriously. Drew Nietzel scored 28 points, putting the Spartans ahead by draining a three-pointer with 3:51 left, and they rolled on to the victory 64-55.
The Badgers have four days to lick their wounds and get ready to play at Ohio State. The Buckeyes need to find a way to play better against Penn State Wednesday night, as the Nittany Lions gave the Bucs a scare last week, losing by two. Ohio State could get caught looking at the weekend matchup with Wisconsin, and go down in similar fashion.
I guess this lends creedence to the cliche, "We've got to take this one game at a time."
I guess the Badgers missed the memo on that one.