The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State find themselves atop the Big Ten as two of the three teams remaining that have just one conference loss. They'll hook up on Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers (-4, 140)
(stats as of Thursday morning)
Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis has put himself in the Wooden Award hunt with at least 19 points in eight of the last nine games he has played in and he is averaging 22.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
While Davis is terrific, the rest of the team is shooting 30.6 percent from 3-point range and Wisconsin’s defense is 172nd in the country in opponent 3-point shooting percentage.
The Spartans are making 38.8 percent of their 3-point shots and are 11th in the country in road rebound rate.
With Michigan State also stout in the paint, ranking sixth in the country in blocked shot rate, the Spartans will take down Wisconsin on Friday.
Pick: Michigan State + 4