Wisconsin vs Michigan State prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Friday, March 11
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State Game Preview, Big Ten Tournament How to watch
When: Friday, March 11
Game Time: 6:30 a.m. ET
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
How to watch: BTN
Record: Wisconsin (24-6), Michigan State (21-11)
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Why Wisconsin will win
Is Johnny Davis okay?
The Wisconsin star fell to Nebraska with a leg injury, but he says he’ll make an appearance in there. The Badgers have to prepare to play without him, and that starts with forcing fouls.
That’s not really what the Badger defense does, but Michigan State is a number machine. He played well overall in the 76-72 win over Maryland, but was closer than he should have been due to turnover after turnover.
The Spartans have managed to muddle through in teams here and there, but aside from three wins over the Terps, it’s been a tough run since late January. As long as the Badgers are hitting their free throws and moving the ball well, they should be fine if Davis isn’t 100 percent.
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Why Michigan State will win
Wisconsin isn’t close to the same team if Davis doesn’t shake things up.
Michigan State has its issues, but it’s the best team in the Big Ten to stop all three and was able to pick it up a bit on the boards.
Wisconsin may be the co-champion of the Big Ten – a gag against Nebraska put the co in there – but it doesn’t offer second-change points, it doesn’t generate scores with easy passes, and it’s the worst shooting team from three.
If Davis and his 20 points per game are not in the game…
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Wisconsin vs. Michigan State: What will happen
There’s really no rhyme or reason to what the Badgers do.
They don’t make mistakes or return the ball, and the defense is way too soft inside. However, the thing somehow works. It looks like the team isn’t playing well, and then all of a sudden they hit a big late shot for a win.
In this, it will be the free throw line that will do it.
The Spartans were great on the line against Maryland, but that’s not the norm. Wisconsin will be stronger on the line later.
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Wisconsin vs Michigan State: Prediction, Lines
Wisconsin 67, Michigan State 64
Line: COMING SOON, o/u: COMING SOON
Trust ATS out of 5: FUTURE
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State Must See Rating: 3.5
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