Action Zone: Badgers Heavy Underdogs Against Spartans

By Beau ‘Ebo’ Thoreson
February 18, 2016  4:35p.m.
MADISON, Wis — Another big game for Wisconsin, but a big spread for the Spartans to cover.
The Badgers travel to East Lansing tonight, where they have not won since 2004.
If we go see who the wise guys are favoring in the desert, that would be Michigan St. by -9.5 points… Somewhat disrespectful, huh?
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Wisconsin Focused On Defense Vs Michigan State

By Eric Rogers
Jan. 16, 2015 1:14 p.m. CT
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin hosts Michigan State at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon, and hopes to get over their defensive lapses to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Badgers haven’t endured a three-game skid since January of 2014 and now face a Spartans squad coming off its second loss (both to the Iowa Hawkeyes).
Wisconsin is giving up an average of 63.8 points per game and ranks eighth in the Big Ten Conference in rebounds per game (37.5). Michigan State averages 79.1 points per game and ranks first at 43 rebounds per game.
Nigel Hayes told reporters this week that his Badgers need to sure up their defense.
“[Defensive lapses] are definitely preventable,” Hayes said. “It just takes you buying in for the 40 minutes that you’re out there. And if you have a goal…then you’re able to find that within yourself.”
Assistant coach Howard Moore singled out Zak Showalter and Ethan Happ as two of the most consistent defenders on the Wisconsin roster, but also provided a simple solution for fixing the apparent problems.
“You’ve got to have five guys on the same page,” Moore began. “What that means is they’ve got to be able to communicate, they’ve got to stay with the game plan, and they’ve got to be able to work as a unit.”
A win by the Spartans gives Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo his 512th to tie as the second-winningest coach in Big Ten history.
Tipoff from the Kohl Center is set for 12:30 p.m. CT