No. 2/1 Michigan State Visits Wisconsin on Sunday
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays its final regular season game of the year on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Wisconsin. Tipoff at the Kohl Center is slated for 1 p.m. (ET).
On the Air
The game will be shown live on CBS, with Kevin Harlan calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play, Matt Steigenga serving as the expert color analyst and Dalton Shetler as the studio host. The game can also be heard on Sirius, XM and Internet 84.
• Michigan State has won 11-straight games and enters the game on Sunday with a 27-3 overall and a 15-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference, while Wisconsin is 14-16 overall and 7-10 in league play.
Last Time Out
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures as No. 2/1 Michigan State used a big second half to pull away from Illinois for an 81-61 victory, clinching at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season title on Tuesday night … MSU led by three points at the break (38-35), but scored the first 12 points of the second half and took a 47-35 lead after a layup from freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. with 16:05 on the clock … Michigan State took its biggest lead, 81-58 (23 points) on a Joshua Langford 3-pointer with 1:35 left in the game … Langford added 16 points, five assists and three rebounds and Cassius Winston finished with 12 points and five assists.
• With an 81-61 win over Illinois, MSU clinched at least a share of the regular season title for the Spartans ... It is the eighth time that Michigan State has won a Big Ten regular season title ... A win over Wisconsin in the regular season finale on Sunday, Feb. 25 would clinch the outright title.
• MSU’s 27 wins are a school record for regular season victories ... The 1999, 2009 and 2016 teams all entered postseason play with 26 wins.
• Sophomore Miles Bridges is one of only three players in the country averaging at least 17.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.9 blocks per game.
• Sophomore guard Cassius Winston is the only player in the country averaging at least 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and shooting at least 50.0 percent from 3-point land.
• Michigan State’s sophomore class – Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward – has helped lead the way for the Spartans ... Through 30 games, that quartet has accounted for 65.6 percent of the team’s scoring (1,626 of 2,477 points), 49.0 percent of its rebounds (605 of 1,234) and 59.4 percent of the team’s assists (361 of 608) ... Together they are averaging 54.2 points, 20.2 rebounds and 12.0 assists … Together, they are averaging 65.7 points, 26.2 rebounds and 13.2 assists.
• MSU ranks No. 1 in the country in field goal percentage defense (36.1 percent), No. 2 in scoring margin (+17.9), No. 1 in blocked shots per game (7.6), No. 2 in rebound margin (+10.7) and No. 18 in scoring defense (64.7 ppg).
• MSU also ranks No. 3 in field goal percentage (51.3 percent), No. 1 in assists (20.3 apg) and No. 27 in scoring offense (82.6 ppg).
• The game on Sunday will be the 143rd meeting all-time between MSU and Wisconsin.
• Michigan State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 78-64.
• The Badgers have a 46-24 advantage in games played in Madison.
• The home team has won 20 of the last 22 games played on a college campus, with the lone exceptions being MSU’s wins in Madison in 2012 and 2013.
• Tom Izzo is 27-20 in his career against Wisconsin.
Bridges scored a game-high 24 points to lead four players in double figures as then-No. 6 Michigan State pulled away from Wisconsin for a 76-61 win on Jan. 26 ... Michigan State took a 37-21 lead at the break, connecting on 55.2 percent of its field goals (16-of-29) and scoring 14 points in the paint ... Bridges scored 15 points in the opening 20 minutes and sophomore forward Nick Ward had a double-double, scoring 10 points and collecting 10 rebounds ... The Badgers pulled to within six points, 46-40, after a jumper from Ethan Happ with 9:51 to play in the game, but the Spartans responded with seven-straight points and took a 53-40 lead on a 3-pointer from Bridges with 7:20 remaining ... Winston had 17 points and six assists, Jackson added 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots and Ward finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots ... The Spartans shot 50.0 percent from the floor (27-of-54), including 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from 3-point land.
• Wisconsin enters Sunday afternoon’s regular season finale with a 14-16 overall record and a 7-10 mark in the Big Ten Conference following a 70-64 win at Northwestern on Thursday night
• The Badgers have won four of their last five games, including a 63-57 decision over Purdue at home on Feb. 15.
• Redshirt junior forward Ethan Happ leads Wisconsin with 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists ... He is fourth in the league in scoring, fourth in rebounding and tied for eighth in assists.
• Happ is one of two players scoring in double figures, joined by freshman guard Brad Davison, who is scoring 11.5 points and has hit a team-best 55 3-pointers.
• Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice is averaging 9.4 points, redshirt sophomore Brevin Pritzl is fourth with 9.2 points (49 3-pointers) and junior guard Khalil Iverson is averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.
• The Badgers rank eighth in the Big Ten in scoring defense (66.4 ppg), but rank 13th in the league in scoring offense (67.5 ppg).