Michigan State 54, Wisconsin 47
Jan. 6, 2010
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
January 6, 2010
Junior Chris Allen led the Spartans in scoring with 16 points. It also marked the third time in the last four games he has scored in double figures.
The Spartans' 22 first-half points were their lowest total of the season. Wisconsin's 20 points in the first half was the lowest for any Spartan opponent in a first half and tied the lowest in either half (20, The Citadel, second half) given up by MSU this season.
The Spartans shot a season low, 38.1% from the field.
Tonight's win marked consecutive wins over the Badgers for the first time since the Spartans defeated UW March 2, 2006, 74-65, and Feb. 20, 2007, 64-55. MSU leads the all-time series 68-58 and 43-14 in East Lansing.
MSU out-rebounded the Badgers, 41-27. The Spartans entered the game as the Big Ten's best rebounding team (+10.3) while Wisconsin was second (+5.6). The Spartans' 41 rebounds were the most allowed by Wisconsin in a game this season while the Badgers' 27 boards was their lowest single-game total of the year.
Sophomore Draymond Green had 11 points - marking his third consecutive double-figure scoring game.
Junior guard Kalin Lucas (10 points) has now scored in double figures in the Spartans' last 26 games and now has 65 career double-figure scoring games.
The Spartans are now 41-19 in Big Ten home openers while Tom Izzo improved to 13-2 in conference home openers.
MSU outscored Wisconsin, 22-14, in the paint and held the Badgers without a fast-break point, 7-0.