Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

The #6 Michigan State Spartans improved their record on the season to 19-3 (7-2) on the year with a 76-61 blowout win over the injury-riddled Wisconsin Badgers. It was never close.

In one of the weirdest days I have ever had in many years as a beat reporter covering Michigan State it started with a Mark Hollis resignation, afterward an ESPN E60 Report, rampant rumors that Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo were resigning, a Dantonio press conference, a blowout win, and an Izzo press conference.

With an Izzone wearing teal shirts to in the words of Sarah Albus Izzone section leader, “Sexual assault awareness for the Nassar survivors,” the game was amazing, but the crowd was subdued. This was a rough day to be a Spartan.

The Wisconsin Badgers are snake bit by injury and while a formidable team at full health that was not the case tonight. Miles Bridges and Nick Ward were already in double digits when halftime came.

On the night Miles Bridges led the way with 24 points. He also had seven rebounds. Nick Ward had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Cassius Winston added 17 points and Jaren Jackson, Jr rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11.

Michigan State still had 13 turnovers. Too many to be sure. They won the battle of the boards 36-28 and they gave up a disappointing 12 offensive rebounds to the Badgers. The Spartans also had nine blocks and 19 assists on 27 baskets. MSU shot 50% for the game while holding Wisconsin to 36%.

The Spartans have a quick turnaround. They play again on Sunday at Maryland at 1 PM. That game can be seen on CBS. The Spartans beat the Terrapins handily here at the Breslin Center back on January 4th by a 91-61 score.

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