Wisconsin vs. Michigan State in Big Ten tournament: score, updates

Badgers guard Johnny Davis grabs the ball while pressured by Michigan State defenders in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

INDIANAPOLIS – After falling at home in the regular-season finale, a loss that cost Wisconsin the outright Big Ten title, Greg Gard’s players talked about their desire to get back on the court at the Big Ten tournament and play better basketball.

Their lackluster play in the one-point loss to Nebraska was atypical, they said.

The Badgers returned to the court Friday night against rival Michigan State in the Big Ten quarterfinals but if they perform in the NCAA Tournament as they did for much of the game against the Spartans, the off-season could come quickly.

UW shot poorly from the opening minute, got hot in spurts after halftime but ultimately couldn’t hit enough shots or get enough stops and suffered a 69-63 loss to the Spartans.

Box score:Michigan State 69, Wisconsin 63

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