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Spartans Face Wisconsin In BTT Semifinals
The Spartans play Wisconsin in Saturday's semifinals contest. (Photo by Dale G. Young/Detroit News)
The Spartans play Wisconsin in Saturday's semifinals contest. (Photo by Dale G. Young/Detroit News)

March 10, 2012

No. 1 Michigan State (25-7, 13-5) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (24-8, 12-6)
 Date Saturday, March 10
 Time 1:40 p.m. ET
 Location Indianapolis, Ind. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
 Television CBS (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr)
 Radio Spartan Sports Network (Will Tieman, Gus Ganakas, Matt Steigenga)
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The Opening Tip
Michigan State looks to advance to its first Big Ten Tournament title game since 2000, as it faces Wisconsin in the semifinals. The Spartans defeated the Badgers twice during the regular season. MSU defeated Iowa, 92-75, on Friday, while UW beat Indiana, 79-71, in the quarterfinals.

MSU Basketball Notes
* MSU is 16-12 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, including 2-6 in the semifinals. The Spartans have not appeared in the tournament title game since 2000.

* Draymond Green is a First-Team Sporting News All-America honoree, the first Spartan to be honored by the magazine since Jason Richardson in 2001.

* MSU ranks second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (.376). Its current .378 field-goal percentage defense is the lowest percentage of the Izzo era.

* Over the last four years, the 2012 class has posted a 103-38 record, equalling the 2009 class for the sixth-winningest class in school history, one behind the 2000 class and two behind the 2011 class.

* MSU is 64-26 (.711) in March since the 1998-99 season. For his career, Izzo is 71-33 (.683) in March.

* With 1,030 career rebounds, Draymond Green ranks third in MSU history, six behind Johnny Green (1,036) in second place. Currently 62 rebounds behind MSU's career leader Greg Kelser, Green would need to play seven more games to become the all-time leader. Green ranks 16th in the nation in rebounding (through March 8).

* Draymond Green leads the Big Ten and ranks 9th in the nation with 18 double-doubles (through March 8). Green has tallied 36 career double-doubles, ranking second most by a Spartan since 1975-76, trailing only Greg Kelser (48).

* The Spartans are allowing just 59.2 points (ranking 12th in the nation through March 4) on .378 shooting (2nd in nation), including .292 from 3-point range (8th in nation). The Spartans rank third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, first in field-goal percentage defense and second in 3-point field-goal percentage defense. Only two teams have shot 50 percent or better from the field, while 21 have shot under 41 percent, including five below 30 percent.

* In MSU's six wins over ranked opponents, the Spartan defense has been outstanding, holding opponents to 58.2 points on .364 shooting. Offensively, Draymond Green (18.2 ppg) and Keith Appling (15.5 ppg) pace the Spartans in wins over ranked opponents.

* Draymond Green leads the Spartans with 45 made 3-pointers and 114 3-point attempts. He's made three or more 3-pointers in four of the last six games.

* Draymond Green leads the nation with six games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists this year. Since 1996-97, Evan Turner is the only player from a power six conference to have more such games in a single season, recording seven in 2009-10.

* Currently averaging 16.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 3.6 apg, Draymond Green is looking to become the first player from a power six conference to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in a season since Tim Duncan accomplished the feat in 1996-97.

* Draymond Green has led MSU in rebounding in 26 of 32 games, while pacing the Spartans in scoring in 18 games and in assists in 11 games. He's the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in scoring (5th), rebounding (1st) and assists (10th).

* The Spartans rank third in the nation in rebounding margin (through March 8). With a current margin of +8.9, they have out-rebounded 26 of 32 opponents. In the Tom Izzo era, MSU has out-rebounded 443 of 576 opponents (.769), posting a 350-93 (.790) mark in those games.

* The Spartans rank second in the conference and 8th in the nation in 3-point FG% defense (through March 8), allowing opponents to shoot just .292 from behind the arc. MSU has held 11 opponents to a .250 or lower shooting percentage from behind the arc. That happened just four times all of last season. Nineteen opponents have shot .300 or lower, including 12 of the last 18.

* Through the first six games of the season, MSU was shooting just .269 from 3-point range (32-119). In the last 26 games, however, the Spartans have been on target, connecting on .389 of their shots (148-380) from behind the arc.

* Michigan State ranks 26th in the nation (through March 8) and second in the Big Ten in assists with 15.4 per game. The Spartans have recorded an assist on 59.1 percent of their baskets.

* Over the first six games of the season, MSU shot .423 from the field and .238 from 3-point range. In the last 26 games, however, MSU has shown dramatic improvement, hitting .489 from the field and .389 from 3-point range. The Spartans have shot over 50 percent in 13 of the last 25 games, including four contests at 60 percent or better.

* Michigan State is outscoring opponents, 396-293, in second-chance points for the season. That's an average of +3.2 points per game (12.4-9.2). MSU grabs 37.8 percent of its misses, ranking first in the conference.

* In the first 73 games of his career, Derrick Nix scored in double figures just three times; he's done it 10 times in the last 25 contests, scoring eight or more points in 16 of the last 25 games. He's been MSU's first sub in 28 of the 31 games in which he's come off the bench.

* The Spartans are 11-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent, but just 11-7 when they have more (3-0 when equal).

* Michigan State has out-scored its opponents in the paint by an average of 34.4-22.2, out-scoring 28 of its 32 opponents.

* With 1,438 points, he ranks 18th in MSU history, needing 31 to move past Charlie Bell (1,468 points).

Game #32 Notes - MSU 92 - Iowa 75
* Michigan State's 92 points were a Spartan Big Ten Tournament record, and tied for the fifth most by any conference team in tournament history.

* Draymond Green recorded his sixth 20-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist game of the season. No other player in the nation has more than three.

* MSU's .582 field-goal percentage was its second-best ever in a Big Ten Tournament game.

* MSU's eight blocks equalled the second-best effort by the Spartans in a Big Ten Tournament game.

* The Spartans shot 70.0 percent in the first half, their best shooting half of the season.

* Adreian Payne scored a career high 16 points.

* Travis Trice scored nine points, the most points he's scored in a game since totaling 10 vs. Iowa on Jan. 10.

* Draymond Green equalled his Big Ten Tournament best with 21 points, recording his third career Big Ten Tournament double-double.

* Russell Byrd scored a career-high eight points.

* The Spartans held a 44-20 advantage in points in the paint.

MSU vs. Wisconsin Notes
Series History
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 71-60, including winning five of the last seven meetings since 2009.

Spartans Vs. Badgers In Big Ten Tournament
Michigan State is 2-3 against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans defeated the Badgers in the 1999 (56-41) and 2000 (55-46) semifinals en route to a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles. The Badgers defeated the Spartans in the 2004 semifinals (68-66), and the 2007 (70-57) and 2008 (65-63) quarterfinals.

Coach Ryan
Bo Ryan (Wilkes, `69) is 650-202 in his 28th season as a collegiate head coach, including 266-99 in his 11th year at Wisconsin. Prior to his arrival in Madison, Ryan coached at UW-Milwaukee for two years (1999-2001) and at UW-Platteville for 15 seasons (1984-99), winning four Division III National Championships.

The MSU-UW Season Series
Michigan State swept the season series with Wisconsin for the first time since 2001. Draymond Green averaged 19.0 points in two games against the Badgers, while Keith Appling added 18.0. The Spartans shot 45.3 percent from the field, while holding the Badgers to 33.6 percent, including 21.7 percent from 3-point range.

The Meeting In Madison
Michigan State defeated Wisconsin, 63-60, in overtime on Jan. 3, 2012, in Madison. Wisconsin held a slim 22-21 lead at the half, but the Spartans held a narrow lead for most of the second half. With 3:19 left, Keith Appling hit a driving layup to give MSU a 50-45 lead, but the Spartans wouldn't score again in regulation. When Jordan Taylor hit one of two free throws with 35 seconds left, the game went into overtime tied at 50. In the extra period, MSU held a 61-54 lead with 31 seconds left. Two Jordan Taylor 3-pointers pulled UW within three at 63-60. Draymond Green then missed two free throws after hitting the first six in overtime. Taylor missed a three and Ryan Evans grabbed the rebound, racing out to the 3-point arc, where he hit a turn-around bank shot as the horn sounded, tying the game. After a lengthy replay, officials ruled the shot came after the clock was at 0.0, giving MSU a 63-60 win. For the game, MSU shot 40.0 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range, holding Wisconsin to 33.3 percent, including 22.7 percent from behind the arc. Taylor led all scorers with 28. Green paced MSU with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Appling added 16 points, 11 of which came after Green picked up his fourth foul.

The Meeting In East Lansing
Michigan State defeated Wisconsin 69-55 on Feb. 16, 2012, in East Lansing. MSU scored the games's first six points over the first 2:57, but scored just two over the next seven plus minutes as Wisconsin took a 12-8 lead. The Spartans responded in strong fashion with a 14-0 run, taking a 22-12 lead at the 5:24 mark. Draymond Green scored the first seven points of the run, and 10 of the 14 points came in transition. Another mini 7-0 run right before halftime sent the Spartans into the break with a 31-19 lead. The Spartans shot 52.0 percent in the half, while holding the Badgers to 31.8 percent shooting, as MSU scored 15 points in transition. In the second half, MSU pushed its lead out to 56-35 with 7:44 remaining. Wisconsin cut the margin to nine at 60-51, but could not get any closer. The Spartans shot 52.2 percent for the game, while holding Wisconsin to 34.0 percent.




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