Michigan State No. 14 plays Wisconsin No. 8 Friday night


East Lansing, Mich. — The Michigan State men’s basketball team travels to play No. 8 Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 21 (9 p.m.), the first of four away in the next five matches.

The game will be broadcast live on FS1, with Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardon calling all the action. The TCF Bank Spartan Media Network radio call can be heard on any of 38 affiliates and on the web at MSUSpartans.com, with Will Tieman handling play-by-play and Matt Steigenga as color analyst. The game can also be streamed on Sirius, XM and channel 84 on the SiriusXM app.

About the Spartans

  • Michigan State enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 14-3 (5-1 Big Ten).
  • MSU rode a nine-game winning streak last Saturday in a 64-62 loss to Northwestern.
  • The Spartans are ranked No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the ESPN Coaches poll.
  • MSU is No. 24 in NET rankings and No. 25 by schedule strength among major conference teams.
  • Michigan State is No. 24 in the nation by kenpom.com, including No. 27 in adjusted defensive efficiency.
  • The Spartans are 6-2 in road/neutral games (2-0 B1G), averaging 71.2 points per game and shooting 45.4 percent from the floor.
  • The Spartans have been trailed this year by a stingy defense, which ranks among the Big Ten leaders in field defense percentage (No. 2, 39.1%), in 3-point field defense percentage ( #2, 29.1%), rebound margin (#3, +7.4 rpg), and blocked shots (#1, 6.5 bpg).
  • Senior striker Gabe Brown is one of three players scoring in double figures and one of nine players averaging at least 4.1 points per game.
  • Brown leads the team with 14.2 points per game and averaging 14.5 in Big Ten games, which ranks 14th in the league.
  • First year guard Max Christi is second on the team with 10.4 points and has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times.
  • Senior striker Marcus Bingham Jr. is tied for third on the team with 9.7 points per game and leads the team with 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game Junior forward Malik Hall tied for third with 9.7 ppg, while adding 4.9 rpg and 1.3 apg.
  • Front senior red shirt Joey Hauser adds 6.8 ppg and is second on the team with 6.1 rpg, while junior forward Julius Marble is averaging 6.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg.
  • junior guard Tyson Walker is averaging 6.8 points per game and leads the team with 5.2 assists and his sophomore teammate AJ Hoggard averages 6.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, and 1.8 rpg.

About Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin enters Friday night’s contest with a 15-2 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Big Ten conference.
  • The Badgers have won their last seven games, including four at home, where they are 8-1.
  • Wisconsin’s only loss in Big Ten play was a 73-55 decision at Ohio State.
  • Sophomore guard Johnny Davis is second in the Big Ten in scoring (22.1 points per game) and is averaging 24.3 points against conference opponents.
  • The Badgers are fifth in the Big Ten in scoring defense (65.8 points per game) and second in the league in free throw percentage (75.2%).

Series history

  • Friday’s game will be Michigan State’s 150th all-time meeting with Wisconsin.
  • Michigan State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 83-66.
  • The Spartans are 26-47 in games played at Madison.
  • The Spartans have won two of the last three games played at the Kohl Center.
  • The home team has won 22 of the last 27 games played on a college campus, the only exceptions being MSU’s wins at Madison in 2012, 2013, 2018 and 2019, and Wisconsin’s Christmas Day victory last year.
  • Tom Izzo is 32-22 in his career against Wisconsin.

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