The Badgers losing streak at the Breslin Center is now at 12 in a row. Xavier Tillman scored 15 points and Cassius Winston the Big Ten’s all-time assists leader, as No. 15 Michigan State (14-4, 6-1) beat Wisconsin 67-55 in a battle for first place.
The Spartans never trailed and led by as many as 25 points to hold on the sole possession of first place. MSU looked nothing like the team that lost 71-42 at Purdue on Sunday.
“Let’s cut to the chase, Michigan State’s really good,” UW head coach Greg Gard said. “So whether they won at Purdue or lost Purdue, we were coming in to play a really good team. Whether that’s extra motivation on their part, that’s for them to answer. But regardless, we were well aware of what kind of team we were going to see.”
Nate Reuvers had 19 points and Kobe King added 10 points for the Badgers (11-7, 4-3 B1G), who haven’t won at the Breslin Center since a 68-64 overtime victory on March 2, 2004.
Tom Izzo on his teams defense: “We did a hell of a job defensively. I thought we did a damn good job covering their swing.”
The Badgers shot 35.6% overall from the field and 4-for-19 (21.1%) from 3-point range. UW struggled to get open shots in the first half and during a decisive run in the second half, and Wisconsin didn’t knock down the good looks they did manage to find.
If there’s any consolation for UW at the end of a 10-day stretch that included four games, it’s that they have another shot at Michigan State on February 1 at the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin will look to bounce back as they host Nebraska at the Kohl Center on Tuesday at 8:00 pm (CT). It will be televised on Big Ten Network.