Michigan State University vs. University of Wisconsin
CBS 1/17 1:30 pm
Fourth-ranked Michigan State, who has only lost twice to Iowa in their 16-2 record in the 2015-2016 season, will play unranked Wisconsin, who holds a season record of 9-9, today at the Kohl Arena in Madison. After out two weeks from knee surgery, senior shooting guard Denzel Valentine is back playing for Michigan State, although not completely recovered, giving them a good advantage against Wisconsin.
Match-Up to Watch
Bryn Forbes’ three-point shooting, Valentine’s assists and Deyonta Davis’ rebounds should work effectively against Wisconsin’s defense. For Wisconsin, junior forwards Nigel Hayes and Vitto Brown will definitely put up a fight against the Spartans. However, freshman Deyonta Davis and senior Matt Costello, forwards for MSU, are a tough duo to face.
X-Factor for Team A
For Michigan State, Denzel Valentine’s overall leadership and intelligence on the court should give MSU the win against Wisconsin. However, turnovers could put MSU in a bad position, as they did in the most recent Iowa game. Michigan State also has an advantage in the coaching department with head coach Tom Izzo as their backbone. As for Wisconsin, former head coach, Bo Ryan, retired in December and they are now to depend on assistant coach, Greg Gard.
X-Factor for Team B
As Wisconsin has lost many of their best players who graduated last year, Michigan State’s advantage is to dominate them not only from the outside with three-pointers, but also from the inside. Against Michigan State, the “X-factor” for Wisconsin will be Nigel Hayes, a forward who, averaging 15.8 points per game, is capable of playing both the inside and outside and will help keep the Badgers in the game.
Spartans will see how Michigan State does against Wisconsin with improving weaknesses, such as turnovers, as they faced 16 turnovers during the game against Iowa. Michigan State also had 19 fouls throughout the game, as Iowa had a 23-point lead at one point. As for Wisconsin, they faced only nine turnovers against their victory against Rutgers. During that game, Ethan Happ also had 10 rebounds, which could be a major asset against Michigan State.
Overall, fourth-ranked Michigan State is predicted to win over unranked Wisconsin with their rebounding, three-point shooting, inside and outside intelligence and coaching. After a second tough loss to Iowa, the Michigan State Spartans are looking for their next victory in Madison.
Prediction: MSU 70, Wisconsin 59
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