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The Badgers used D’Mitrik Trice’s run to start the second half – he scored Wisconsin’s first 13 points – and then an 8-0 run late to take the win Friday. The Spartans led by nine points early in the second half after stringing together a 12-0 run but couldn’t hang on.
The Spartans drop to 6-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
Joey Hauser led MSU with 27 points and added seven rebounds. Trice had 29 to pace the Badgers.
Following the charge call, Nate Reuvers and Jonathan Davis each scored buckets to give Wisconsin a 77-68 lead with a couple minutes to go.
Michigan State had a 5-on-4 advantage after a Wisconsin player was slow getting up on the other end of the court, but Brad Davison’s ability to draw a charge negated that. Aaron Henry drove to the bucket to try and cut the deficit to two points, but Davison beat him to the spot and drew the call. The score remains 73-69 with 3:08 to go.
This game looks like it’s coming down to the wire. Every time MSU makes a big basket, like Joey Hauser did with that 3-pointer on a Joshua Langford hustle rebound, Wisconsin comes right back down with a bucket.
Jonathan Davis’s lay-up with 4:07 to go has Wisconsin up 73-69. Can the Spartans pull off the comeback?
Wisconsin’s 8-0 run had given the Badgers a 67-62 lead, but Aaron Henry found Thomas Kithier down low for a nice dish to cut the lead to 67-64 with 5:50 to go.
Wisconsin center Nate Reuvers has been pretty quiet all game. He finally scored his first bucket with 7:40 left in the game – but it was an important basket as it gave the Badgers a 63-62 lead. We’ve got 7:04 left in this one.
Big upset here that it was not Foster Loyer or Brad Davison. But seconds after Hauser drew the charge, he drilled a 3-pointer to give MSU a 61-57 lead with 8:50 to go. Hauser has 16 points now to lead the Spartans.
Just when it looked like MSU was going to take control of this game with that 12-0 run, D’Mitrik Trice took over. Trice scored Wisconsin’s first 13 points of the second half. And with 11:03 left in the game, Wisconsin leads 57-56.
Aaron Henry is now in double figures for MSU with 12 points.
The guard has all 10 Wisconsin points in the second half and all of the sudden, this game is tied at 53 with 13:30 left in the game.
D’mitrik Trice, whose brother Travis played at MSU from 2011-2015, ends the MSU run with a 3-pointer to cut MSU’s lead to 51-45 with 15:49 to go. Trice leads the Badgers with 14 points.
Foster Loyer ended the first half with a 3-pointer and the Spartans have followed with a Joshua Langford 3-pointer, Thomas Kithier layup, Aaron Henry runner and two Joey Hauser free throws to give MSU a 51-42 lead over Wisconsin with 16:26 left in the game.
Brad Davison and Foster Loyer exchanged 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds of the first half and we enter the break with Wisconsin and Michigan State tied at 42.
Joey Hauser leads MSU with 11 points, followed by Aaron Henry (8) and Joshua Langford (5). Loyer’s triple put the Spartans 4-for-4 from downtown.
Aleem Ford has 11 to pace Wisconsin, followed by D’mitrik Trice and Brad Davison with nine points apiece.
Joey Hauser’s 3-pointer with 4 minutes left in the first half put him in double figures on the day with 11 points. He has made all four of his field-goal attempts and also has four rebounds as MSU trails Wisconsin, 35-33, with 3:46 left in the first half.
If there’s one area that appears to be bugging Tom Izzo over recent games, it’s the Spartans’ 3-point shooting. They’re hitting 34 percent on the season, but it’s clear that there was a directive for this game to not take 3-point shots unless they’re open.
With 4:00 left in the first half, MSU has only taken three 3-point shots – making all of them, courtesy of Joey Hauser, Joshua Langford and Rocket Watts.
The Badgers have hit back-to-back 3-pointers off Spartan turnovers and have 12 points off seven turnovers for the game. Those triples by D’mitrik Trice and Micah Potter have Wisconsin ahead 27-24 with 7:12 left in the first half.
One bet that didn’t show up in sportsbooks, but we’re watching closely is who will draw the first charge: Michigan State’s Foster Loyer or Wisconsin’s Brad Davison? Davison has what feels like a decades-long reputation for taking charges while Loyer has added that facet to his game this year. Watch this space.
The Spartans are still trailing, 17-15, with 11:15 left in the first half, but they’ve found a little bit of a spark offensively when they aren’t turning the ball over. Julius Marble, Rocket Watts, Joey Hauser and Joshua Langford (3-pointer) all made shots during the mini-run.
The 11th-ranked Spartans took an early 2-0 lead and ninth-ranked Wisconsin turned the ball over on its first four possessions, but the Badgers have found their groove thanks to Aleem Ford. Ford nailed a 3-pointer and followed with a tough bucket in post to help give Wisconsin a 9-5 lead with 15:15 left in the first half.
MSU couldn’t take advantage of those early turnovers, as it’s 2 of 8 shooting.
In the past few days since the Northwestern loss, Thomas Kithier has come under a little bit of criticism. But Tom Izzo has said that he’s earned his spot in the starting five and he’s off to a good start here. He scored the game’s first bucket and on the ensuing possession forced a turnover. Wisconsin turned the ball over on its first three possessions.
Right after we typed this, Kithier picked up his second foul and went to the bench.
Michigan State is going with its normal starting five: guards Rocket Watts and Joshua Langford and forwards Aaron Henry, Joey Hauser and Thomas Kithier.
Wisconsin will start D’mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter.
The betting sharps are in on Michigan State. Last night, the spread for the game was Wisconsin -1.5 on DraftKings. As we approach game time, the spread has shifted +4.5 points to Michigan State -3.
The over/under has also dropped from 140 to 137.5.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said on the pregame radio show that Joey Hauser will start for the Spartans today vs. Wisconsin. As you’ll recall, Hauser suffered a knee injury late in the first half Sunday vs. Northwestern, but did return in the second half.
Hauser is MSU’s top scorer (12.1 points per game) and rebounder (8.9 per game).
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