Feb. 20, 2007
With its 64-55 victory over Wisconsin, Michigan State recorded its first-ever win over a top-ranked team (Badgers ranked No. 1 in this week's Associated Press Poll) in East Lansing. It also marked the Spartans second win against a top-ranked team in 17 tries. MSU's only previous win over a No. 1 ranked team came in the 1979 National Championship game as the Spartans knocked off Indiana State, 75-64, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Michigan State reached the 20-win milestone for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons. Of the 16 20-win seasons in Spartan basketball history, Tom Izzo has now been involved in 13 of them, eight as a head coach and five as an assistant.
The Spartans improved their record to 17-1 at home in 2006-07. The home team has now won the last five games in this series.
Michigan State limited Wisconsin to 55 points - 18 points below its season scoring average (73.4 ppg.). In addition, the Spartans have held 20 of its 28 opponents below 40-percent shooting from the field, as the Badgers managed to hit just 19-of-53 field-goal attempts (.358).
Michigan State had a +17 rebound margin against Wisconsin, 41-24. The Spartans' rebound margin has been at least +13 in 11 games. MSU has out-rebounded 21 of its 28 opponents this season.
Drew Neitzel led the team in scoring for the 20th time this season while recording his 14th 20-point game. Neitzel scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. He netted 15 second-half points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Neitzel scored 11-consecutive points during a 2:12 stretch late in the second half as the Spartans turned a four-point deficit into a five-point lead, 56-51. His runner in the lane with 3:03 left gave MSU the lead for good at 53-51.
Travis Walton posted his first career double-double, with 13 points and 10 assists. Walton hit 4-of-7 shots from the field and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also collected a career-high seven rebounds, falling just three boards shy of a triple-double. In his last two games (vs. Iowa and Wisconsin), Walton has recorded 20 assists while committing six turnovers.
Raymar Morgan posted his 15th double-figure scoring game of the season, netting 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. Morgan also collected eight rebounds, one shy of his season high vs. Oakland (Nov. 25). In his last three games (vs. Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin), he has scored 46 points on 20-of-35 shooting (.571) from the floor.
Drew Naymick grabbed eight rebounds, just two shy of his season and career high vs. Bradley (Dec. 3). Naymick also blocked two shots, bringing his season total to 44. He has blocked at least one shot in 23 of 28 games this season.