Spartans Head to Madison for Only Shot against Badgers

Michigan State gets its first and only shot to take on the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday afternoon in Madison, Wis.

The Spartans come into the game a half game ahead of No. 10 Michigan in the Big Ten standings, after No. 17 Iowa beat the Wolverines, 85-67, on Saturday.

Michigan State will have Adreian Payne available, but he was not sure if he would start.

“I hope I (start),” Payne said. “That’s probably coach’s decision.”

There has been no word on the progress of senior Keith Appling, who missed his first game as a Spartan on Thursday with a wrist injury.

The Badgers come into the game 5-5 in the Big Ten. After starting the season 16-0, Wisconsin has dropped five of its last seven games and have not won in the Kohl Center in over a month.

Michigan State has won four-straight against Wisconsin in the past two seasons.

Bo Ryan’s teams typically run a lot of clock and depend on their defense to wear teams down. If Michigan State is able to make it an up-tempo game from the start, the Spartans should have a shot to continue their success in Madison.

Andrew Hayes is the host of Impact Izzone for Impact Sports.

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