The No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (24-6) take on the Michigan State Spartans (21-11) tonight in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals at 5:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).
Michigan State leads the all-time series 84-67 and have beaten Wisconsin in three consecutive Big Ten Tournament meetings. The two teams split the two regular season meetings, with the road team winning each game. The Badgers have won three of the last four matchups with the Spartans.
Wisconsin is favored by 3 points, per Bovada, as I write this.
I have a feeling we’re going to have another Wisconsin/Michigan State classic on our hands tonight.
The big question is: how healthy is Johnny Davis?
If you ask Davis, he’s ready to play. “The plan is to play.”
Wisconsin won the most recent game against the Spartans, in large part because of a tremendous defensive effort. UW held MSU to 41.2 percent shooting, including 3-of-14 from 3-point range and the Spartans never led in that game.
How will the Badgers respond to the collapse against Nebraska last Sunday? The Spartans are likely out for revenge and have a little more to play for in terms of NCAA Tournament seeding.
Michigan State does have a huge turnover problem that could be the deciding factor in what figures to be close game, as it always seems to be tight games when these two programs meet.
I think Wisconsin has the advantage in the backcourt. If UW can contain Malik Hall and Marcus Bingham Jr, who tend to give UW problems, and limit their damage in small spurts then that will beneficial to the Badgers.
Wisconsin last won the Big Ten Tournament in 2015, while Michigan State last won it in 2019.
Wisconsin Badgers 70, Michigan State Spartans 69.