Michigan State finally gets its Big Ten Tournament run started on Friday against Wisconsin at Madison Square Garden. Find the game time, TV channel, online live stream information and a game preview below.
The No. 1 seed Spartans and No. 9 seed Badgers will rematch their closer-than expected game from Sunday. Wisconsin, in the midst of a down season, hung tough with Michigan State before eventually acquiescing in a 68-63 game.
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Michigan State-Wisconsin game information
Game time: Noon ET
Date: March 2, 2018
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
Michigan State-Wisconsin TV channel
Michigan State and Wisconsin will be on televised on BTN.
How can I stream Michigan State vs. Wisconsin online?
Watch Spartans-Badgers online at BTN2go.com.
How to listen to Michigan State-Wisconsin
Will Tieman (play-by-play) and Matt Steigenga (expert color analyst), with Dalton Shetler (studio host). Listen to one of 38 affiliates, on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com. You can also listen on Sirius 134, XM 195 and Internet 957.
Michigan State-Wisconsin pregame reading
Michigan State and Wisconsin are two of the Big Ten’s premier programs, but only one has spent this season looking that way. The Spartans have only lost three times all season, with each coming to a ranked team: frst to Duke in November, then to Ohio State and Michigan in a three-game stretch in January. Since then, the Spartans have won 12 games in a row.
Wisconsin didn’t win 12 Big Ten games all season. The Badgers didn’t even come that close. They finished 7-11 in conference play, compared to 14-3 by Michigan State. It was a season full of frustration for the Badgers, but it’s one we all should have seen coming. This team lost Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown from last year’s team. Junior Ethan Happ didn’t have the same weapons around him, and defenses swarmed the Badgers’ star as a result.
Ethan Happ is still the main ingredient in any Wisconsin success
Happ still had a productive season, even if he wasn’t a Third-Team All-American like he was last time around. The 6-foot-10 forward still averages 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. He’s now involved in 35.5 percent of Wisconsin’s possessions and 33.5 percent of the team’s shots, up from 28.4 and 25.4 last season.
His biggest assistant on offense is Brad Davison, Wisconsin’s freshman point guard who went off for 30 points on Sunday against Michigan State. Davison is the Badgers’ only other double-digit scorer, and he’s the team’s biggest outside scoring threat.
There are still tons of reasons to think Michigan State should win this — handily
Michigan State still has the athletic advantage over Wisconsin, as the Spartans do against almost any team they play. But that didn’t matter as much as we all thought on Sunday. The Badgers also had a talent disadvantage against Purdue, but they were still able to upset the Boilermakers on Feb. 15.
But Michigan State is way better than Wisconsin, and I think the game on Sunday was a fluke. Their season turnover percentage of 17 ranks 68th in the country, but they only turned the ball over on 6 percent of possessions against Michigan State. That certainly qualifies as fluky. That game also featured a 30-point outburst by Davison. That was only the second time this season he’d scored 20 or more points. Unless Wisconsin plays as fundamentally well as it did on Sunday and combines that with an outburst from Davison, I don’t think the Badgers have much of a chance against Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr., Cassius Winston and Michigan State.