Looking ahead to Tuesday’s matchup between Michigan State and Wisconsin, Cole Brown of fellow Bloguin site Madtown Badgers had some questions to ask about Michigan State. The Spartans were boosted in the rankings following their victory Saturday over the Buckeyes and are now at 11th in the country according to the coaches poll. The Badgers are 13-5 but 4-1 in the B1G as this matchup looks to be a battle for first place:
Michigan State (16-3)(5-1 in B1G) at Wisconsin (13-5)(4-1 in B1G) (7:00 p.m. ET, on ESPN)
Madtown Badgers:The Spartans are currently on a 5-game win streak that has them sitting alone at the top of the Big Ten. They're coming off a huge 59-56 win over #11 Ohio State on Saturday. What's the feeling like around East Lansing? Do MSU fans feel this team is capable of winning the Big Ten and making a deep tournament run?
B1GTimeMSU: East Lansing was bumping following the 59-56 victory on Saturday night, but there are some worries that surround this team. Tom Izzo teams have been known to have great depth, though this team does not and it has people worried. We lost Brandan Kearney who transferred to Arizona State and we missed out on an awesome recruit for 2013 in Jabari Parker. I think MSU fans believe that winning the B1G and making a deep tournament run is possible, but because of the lack of depth some players will get a lot of minutes.
Madtown Badgers:With Draymond Green graduating last spring, who has stepped up as the leader of this years' Spartan squad both in the huddle and on the court?
B1GTimeMSU: You cannot replace a Draymond Green. You just can’t do it. I got to know him while here at MSU and he is an even nicer person than you would imagine. We came into the year with two captains: Russell Byrd and Derrick Nix, but Byrd hasn’t played much and Nix is not very vocal. In steps Keith Appling who was named a captain just this weekend. It has been an unbelievable transformation for him; he came in a scoring guard and has truly made the transition to point. Not only has he made that transition, he has also become much more vocal and has really become a leader for this team.