Wisconsin Badgers Break Scoring Record During Win Against Michigan State Spartans

Published 12/26/2020, 8:51 AM EST
Dec 25, 2020; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Foster Loyer (3) defends Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, against Wisconsin Badgers guard Trevor Anderson (12) during second half action at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Mandatory Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier-USA TODAY Sports


The Wisconsin Badgers extended their winning streak as they beat the Michigan State Spartans for the second time this year. They played last in February in a nail-biting thriller that ended with a 64-63 win for the Badgers.

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The Badgers won a bit more convincingly this time around and came away with an 85-76 victory. During this win, they also set a scoring record. With 85, this was their highest points in an away win over a ranked team in school history. They also left the Spartans with an embarrassing 0-2 start to their Big 10 campaign.

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They took control right from the start, but the Spartans eventually rallied to end the half with scores tied at 42-42. But in the second half, the Badgers continued their points barrage, while the Spartans couldn’t keep up.

The Badgers offense has taken a leap this year. They averaged around 68 points per game for the last two seasons. But this season they are currently averaging 78 points per game.

D’Mitrik Trice goes on a rampage

Redshirt senior Trice was a constant threat to the Spartans defense all game. He was up against his older brother’s team and showed no mercy. He went 7-14 from the field and shot an electric 4-7 from the three-point line. The 6’0 point guard kept drawing fouls and went 11-15 from the free-throw line.

This season, Trice has become more of a scoring threat than he was last year. His assists have gone down from 4.2 per game to 3.2 per game, but he has stepped up with his scoring, going from 9.8 points per game to 13 points per game.

Can the Badgers extend this run?

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Wisconsin has been solid all season and would have been 9-0 if not for a last-second game-winner against rivals Marquette. This win against the Spartans was their second win over a ranked opposition this season, the first coming against Louisville. This run has taken them to the number four rank in the AP Poll, their highest since the 2013-14 season.

The Badgers have been impressive on both ends and are ranked as the fourth-best defense and the ninth-best offense in the country according to KenPom. If they can continue this run, they will be able to win a successive Big 10 title.

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

 

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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