We are just over a month away from March Madness tipping off, and conference races are heating up around the country. The Big Ten Conference is one of the best leagues in the country this season, and there is a huge game on tap on Saturday afternoon. The Michigan State Spartans will travel to the Kohl Center in Wisconsin for a huge battle with the Wisconsin Badgers.
Michigan State enters the week in first place in the Big Ten Conference, but they have some company at the top. The Spartans have gone 7-2 so far in conference action, which is the exact same record as the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Wisconsin enters the week with a conference record of 5-4, and they are in the middle of a crowded conference race. The Badgers are always tough to beat at home, but this is going to be a challenge.
Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman are two of the best players in the Big Ten Conference, and they are both members of the Michigan State Spartans. Winston leads the team with 18.0 points and 6.0 assists per game, and Tillman is one of the best big men in the conference. These two players give the Spartans a chance to win every single game, but they are going to need their teammates to knock down some shots.
Michigan State is once again one of the best rebounding teams in the country, and Tom Izzo has his team playing with a ton of toughness. The Spartans are allowing just 63 points per game this season, while scoring 77 points on the offensive end of the floor. Michigan State has proven that they can win road games in the past, and they won’t be scared of the environment.
If the are going to win this game then they are going to have to find a way to slow things down. The Badgers are holding opponents to just 61 points per game, which makes them a top-20 defense in the country. The problem is that Wisconsin is scoring just 65 points per game, and that makes it hard to win games.
The Badgers can shoot the ball really well, but they have struggled to take care of the ball this season. Forward Nate Reuvers leads the team with 13.8 points per game, but he does most of his scoring from the outside. Wisconsin will need to find a way to get some easy buckets to keep this game close.
Winning on the road in the Big Ten Conference is never easy, especially at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin. Michigan State is no average Big Ten team though, and they are the far more talented team in this matchup. The Badgers will play well at home on Saturday afternoon, but they just don’t score enough to knock off the best team in the Big Ten Conference. It will be tight, but bet on the Michigan State Spartans over the Wisconsin Badgers in the College Basketball Betting Pick of the Week.