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January 11, 2011

Breakdown: UW vs. MSU

Wisconsin hasn't left the Breslin Center with a win since the 2004 season. Tonight, the Badgers get another crack at thwarting that trend as they are set to play what surely will be a hungry Michigan State squad.

Before tonight's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Michigan State to provide a closer look at UW's early season rivalry matchup.

Quick Notes:

-Over the past five season, UW has recorded a 27-19 record in true road games. That .587 winning percentage ranks seventh best among teams in the six BCS conferences. This year, UW is 1-2 in true road contests.

-UW is one of the best teams in the country in regards to taking care of the ball. To start the Big Ten slate, UW has tuned the ball over only 13 times. Overall, the Badgers average just 8.1 turnovers per game, good for tops nationally.

-Under Bo Ryan, UW is 12-5 against Michigan State. More recently, the Badgers are 5-2 against the Spartans over the past seven meetings.

Michigan State vs. Wisconsin
Michigan State Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Kalin Lucas vs. Jordan Taylor, PG As far as point guard battles in the Big Ten go, it doesn't get much better than Taylor vs. Lucas. Both are incredibly sound with the ball, can score if needed and get after it defensively. Lucas doesn't score as much as Taylor, but that's because he doesn't need to. Taylor will yet again need to carry the scoring load along with Leuer, which is easier said than done with Lucas defending him. At home, Lucas gets the very slight edge. Advantage: Michigan State
Keith Appling vs. Rob Wilson, G Wilson broke into the starting lineup last time out for UW, but quickly wound up back on the bench with a couple of quick fouls. If the junior is to make any sort of offensive progress this season, he'll need to stay out of foul trouble. Going against a freshman, Wilson needs to step up on both sides of the ball. Appling, on the other hand, doesn't have much pressure on him. He doesn't need to score, so whatever he contributes is a bonus. Advantage: Push
Durrell Summers vs. Tim Jarmusz F Summers is one of MSU's better scorers. Jarmusz is one of UW's better defenders. Something has to give. Playing at home, coming off a loss, it wouldn't be far fetched to see Summers having a big game at the forward position. Defensively, he won't be tested too much because Jarmusz isn't the type to go off the dribble. That means Summers should be able to conserve some energy defensively. Advantage: Michigan State
Delvon Roe vs. Jon Leuer G/F Midway through the season, Leuer is starting to rack up the accolades. He's averaging more than 19 points per game and shooting the ball better than ever before. Roe, who has a history of injuries, will need to be on top of his game defensively because Leuer is one of the more versatile players in the league. Advantage: Wisconsin
Draymond Green vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Green is the emotional leader on a Spartan squad with its back to the wall. Expect him to come out focused with intentions of setting the tone early in this rivalry game. Nankivil, who is UW's premier low post defender, has been hot lately. He's shooting better than 60 percent from downtown over the past five games. This will be one of the more fun matchups to keep an eye on. Advantage: Push
Korie Lucious (pictured), Austin Thornton, Derrick Nix, Mike Kebler, Garrick Sherman and Adreian Thornton vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Tim Jarmusz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench As he showed when Michigan State went to Duke earlier this season, Lucious has the propensity to have big outputs during the biggest of games. With his team needing a win, expect the junior to come off the bench with plenty of energy. Bruesewitz, Berggren and Evans will need to provide something offensively to alleviate some of the pressure from Leuer and Taylor. Advantage: Michigan State
Tom Izzo vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Bo owns a 12-5 record against Izzo and the Spartans, but he is only 2-5 on the road in the series. With his team fresh off a somewhat surprising loss at Penn State, expect Izzo to rally his troops against one of his fiercest rivals. That doesn't sound good for UW. Advantage: Michigan State


Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:00 p.m. CT


East Lansing, Mich.


Breslin Center (14,759)


ESPN (Dave O'Brien & Dan Dakich)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Michigan State leads 68-59

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won, 67-49 on Feb. 2, 2010


Wisconsin: USA Today: 21, Assoc. Press: 20

Michigan: USA Today: RV, Assoc. Press: 24

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