Badgers fall to No. 10 Michigan State in Big Ten road test


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March 7, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Badgers entered Thursday night's contest against Michigan State just one game out of first place in the Big Ten title hunt and two wins away from playing themselves into the mix for a share of the conference championship.

Wisconsin's chances faded after its second straight poor shooting performance and a 58-43 loss at the hands of the 10th-ranked Spartans at Breslin Center.

The Badgers (20-10, 11-6) shot 29.4 percent while falling to fifth place in the conference standings. Coach Bo Ryan, though, insisted he wasn't disappointed his team missed out on a chance to play for part of the championship.

"With this team and what they've done, I'm not trading them," Ryan said. "These guys have been working extremely hard."

 Fast Facts
• UW moves to 11-6 in Big Ten play
• Brust reaches double figures for 15th time this yr
• Badgers shoot 26.7 pct from field in 2nd half

Michigan State broke open a close slugfest with a 16-0 run early in the second half, taking a 21-point lead on Appling's three-point play.

Wisconsin didn't have a scorer in double digits until Ben Brust made two free throws with 1:22 left to reach 10 points. Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker each scored nine for the Badgers.

The first half, perhaps predictably, was not pretty.

Both teams missed exactly two-thirds of their shots, and not one player had more than six points by halftime. Wisconsin had eight turnovers in the first half, almost matching its nation-low average of 9.4, and finished with 17 turnovers.

"They were jumping passing lanes and every time we tried to attack, they were pretty aggressive with their hands," Ryan said. "If you're not getting a call or two in there, then a team is just going to continue to be aggressive."

The Spartans maintained the lead until Mike Bruesewitz made a 3-pointer to put Wisconsin ahead 12-10 with 9:09 left in the first half. Then, the Badgers were scoreless for almost 6 minutes.

Travis Trice's 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer put Michigan State up 25-18.

"Our defense was unbelievable," Izzo said.

After Jared Berggren opened the second half with a shot that got the Badgers within five, they went more than seven minutes without a point.

"We just can't have those spells," Ryan said.

The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana with one game left in the regular season.

The Badgers end the regular season on Sunday with a trip to University Park, Pa., to take on Penn State. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network

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