NCAA Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan State Spartans- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 12/24/2020, 6:30 AM EST
Dec 9, 2020; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard talks with his team during a huddle during the game with the Rhode Island Rams at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Men’s Basketball action will see the Michigan State Spartans try to solidify their position as a top-five team in the country. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Badgers have been progressing up the rankings and would love to have a statement performance against the #12 ranked Spartans.

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Christmas Day in East Lansing, Mich.

Wisconsin 🤝 Michigan State
🔴Red and Green🟢

Should we wear these colors?

— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 23, 2020

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Both teams have lost one game each, with the Badgers having won 7 while the Spartans have won 6. The Spartans were one of the best teams in the country, but fell to a shock loss at the hand of Northwestern University. The Badgers have been consistently good all season, except a shock loss at the hands of the Marquette Golden Eagles. This is easily their toughest test yet, and the same goes for the Spartans.

But which one of these teams will manage to emerge victorious in this highly anticipated clash?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Can the Spartans pull this off?

The Wisconsin Badgers could have very well been undefeated right now if they didn’t fall to that close loss to the Golden Eagles. The same can’t be said for the Spartans, who were beaten quite handily by Northwestern University. But that doesn’t make one team worse than the other, they are quite well-matched. They aren’t far apart in the AP Top 25 either.

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Dec 20, 2020; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Malik Hall (25) dunks the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Spartans can be expected to take the floor with Joey Hauser, Joshua Langford, Rocket Watts, Thomas Kithier, and Aaron Henry. Meanwhile, the Badgers will line up with Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers, D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, and Micah Potter.

The Badgers have momentum on their side right now. The team is on a four-game winning streak, and their only loss could have gone either way. The Spartans are definitely rattled after their last loss, but may have the better-rounded team. This is one of the most even matchups of the NCAA season.

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The Spartans cannot afford to lose yet another conference game. However, the Badgers are the worst possible team they could have run into heading into a match like this. As a result, we predict the Spartans to lose their second consecutive game to the Badgers. While they will be out for revenge, this game may not be the one where they get it.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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