MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has a lot to like
about his team right now.
"We've got good players who are playing hard and trying to play
smart, and they're competitors and they're tough and I like
coaching them," Ryan said after the Badgers' 77-64
victory over Michigan State on Saturday.
Devin Harris scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and
Wisconsin (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its 22nd straight home game.
Wisconsin is after its third straight Big Ten title.
"We really don't care what other people think," Ryan said,
"other than they know that we played hard and hopefully smart. The
Badgers did both Saturday, beating the Spartans in nearly every
aspect of the game."
Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field, outscored Michigan
State 24-13 at the free throw line and turned the Spartans 17
turnovers into 25 points.
"It's disappointing because I still feel this team is not
playing the way that this program has played," said Michigan State
coach Tom Izzo, whose team fell to 0-6 against ranked opponents
this season. "I do not think we've been physical and tough enough;
give Wisconsin credit on that."
Izzo was frustrated by the way the referees called the game.
Michigan State was whistled for 27 fouls to Wisconsin's 13.
In turn, the Badgers shot 35 free throws, 22 more than the
Spartans, who were a perfect 13-of-13 from the line.
"I felt like there was a lot of physical play inside," Izzo
said. "I thought it was knick-knack on one end and not on the
Alan Anderson hit a 3-pointer to pull Michigan State within
59-50 with 10:27 remaining.
But Harris scored five points and Morley had three in an 8-0 run
that pushed Wisconsin's lead to 67-50 with 7:13 left.
Led by Morley, the Badgers' bench outscored Michigan State's
Wisconsin also got a lift off the bench from Clayton Hanson, who
scored all nine of his points in the first half and keyed the
Badgers' comeback after a slow start.
Michigan State scored the first nine points of the game and led
17-5 after making its first eight shots from the field. But the
Spartans missed their next eight shots and Hanson scored six points
to key a 13-0 run that gave the Badgers an 18-17 lead.
Michigan State regained the lead at 22-20 on a 3-pointer by
Anderson, but Wisconsin answered with a 15-3 run to take a 35-25
"We weren't really that aggressive early," said Harris, who
was 6-of-11 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. "But it's
nothing to panic about because we know shots are going to fall,
especially at home.
"We knew we were going to come back. It was all about
And playing with toughness, something Izzo feels the Spartans
lack this season.
"We were a team that when you smashed us in the mouth, we
smashed you back," Izzo said. "And right now were not doing