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March 15, 2014

Primer: No. 12 UW vs. No. 22 MSU





MADISON, Wis. -
Game Info

When and Where: 3:05 p.m. Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: CBS

Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM

WISCONSIN BADGERS (26-6, 12-6)

Coach: Bo Ryan, 317-119 in his 13th season at Wisconsin.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Ben Brust 6-1 Sr. 12.4

12 Traevon Jackson 6-2 Jr. 10.8

15 Sam Dekker 6-7 So. 12.9

21 Josh Gasser 6-3 Jr. 9.5

44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Jr. 13.4

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 Fr. 8.0

13 Duje Dukan 6-9 Jr. 2.6

24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 Fr. 2.9

Quick hits: Ben Brust (29), Bronson Koenig (14), Jordan Hill (4) and Vitto Brown (2) all had career-high points in last night's 83-57 win over Minnesota. Only four Badgers failed to score, including starters Traevon Jackson and Josh Gasser…With the win over Minnesota, Bo Ryan became the fifth active coach with 700 career wins…The Minnesota victory marked the seventh time this season - second time in Big Ten play - the Badgers have crossed the 80-point plateau. The team's 26 wins are tied for third place with the 2011-12 Wisconsin team for most single-season victories.

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (24-8, 12-6)

Coach: Tom Izzo, 463-186 in his 19th season at Michigan State.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

5 Adreian Payne 6-10 Sr. 16.1

11 Keith Appling 6-1 Sr. 12.8

14 Gary Harris 6-4 So. 17.5

22 Branden Dawson 6-6 Jr. 9.7

45 Denzel Valentine 6-5 So. 8.4

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Matt Costello 6-9 So. 4.5

20 Travis Trice 6-0 Jr. 7.2

30 Kenny Kaminski 6-8 Fr. 5.5

Quick hits: Michigan State defeated Northwestern, 67-51, in the quarterfinals on Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinal matchup….The Spartans used their pre-season projected starting lineup for just the fifth time all season, with Branden Dawson pitching in 16 points and Gary Harris providing 13 points in the effort….Michigan State has won eight of the last 11 overall meetings with the Badgers.

Why you should worry: Gary Harris, who was 0-for-7 from three-point range against Wisconsin earlier this season, has since gone 22-for-51 from deep. Ben Brust is shooting only 23.1 percent from beyond the arc in seven career games against Michigan State.

Why you shouldn't worry: The Badgers are 14-11 against the Spartans under Bo Ryan. They are the only Big Ten team with a winning record against Tom Izzo during that span.


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