Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Badgers Fall Against MSU


For the game’s first 32 minutes, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (8-7 Big Ten, 17-10 overall) matched the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans’ intensity in a hostile road atmosphere. But the Spartans owned the game’s final 12 minutes with lockdown defense and aggressive inside play to defeat the Badgers by a score of 61-50.
Wisconsin came out strong in the first half, continuing the defensive intensity that had helped the Badgers pull off their previous five-game winning streak. In the period, Wisconsin scored 12 points off 10 Michigan State turnovers.
Leading this defensive attack was junior guard Trévon Hughes, who finished the half with 10 points and three steals. The Badgers extended their led to 10 with less than seven minutes remaining in the first, but then the Spartans fought back and trimmed the lead to 31-25 going into the break.
In the second half, the teams battled back and forth until the Badgers broke through with back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 41-29 lead with 12:26 remaining. After a timeout, the Spartans would take matters into their own hands.
Michigan State rattled off eight straight points, but the Badgers still held on to a slim lead with some free throws. The Spartans clawed back with several second-chance opportunities to tie the score at 45 with five minutes left. And from there the Badgers fell apart, as the Spartans hit back-to-back threes to open up a 55-47 lead. The Spartans took advantage of Wisconsin’s two field goals in the game’s final 12 minutes to secure the victory.
Let me add this, I didn't expect Bucky to beat MSU but their were times during the game when I thought we were in control. Let's just hope that it was one small stumble in a marathon. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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