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#17/20 WISCONSIN at #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE | 6:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
MSU Game Notes UW Game Notes

Michigan State welcomes Wisconsin to East Lansing in the Spartans Big Ten home opener, set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET inside the Breslin Center. Both teams enter Wednesday night's contest on the heels of impressive road wins with MSU downing Northwestern by 21 points and the Badgers topping Penn State by 17. The matchup promises a hard fought battle - one that is most likely to be won on the glass as the Spartans and Badgers are the top two rebounding teams in the Big Ten.

MSU is averaging 14.2 offensive rebounds per contest, leading to 16.7 second chance points per game. In 14 times out, the Spartans have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 10.3 boards per game to lead the conference in rebounding margin. Wisconsin rates second among all Big Ten teams in that category with an average +5.6 rebounding advantage over their opponents. The Badgers have out-rebounded 11 of 14 rivals this season, sporting a 10-1 record in those games. UW leads the Big Ten in rebounding defense, allowing just 29.1 opponent boards per outing while pulling down 76.0 percent of the rebounds on the defensive end.

Wisconsin ranks fourth in the nation and leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 56.4 points per contest while holding two conference foes to a remarkable 44.5 points per game. But if UW is the yin of the scoreboard, MSU is the yang as the Spartans pace the Big Ten in scoring offense (82.4 ppg). Through 14 games, Michigan State has proven itself with several different offensive weapons as five Spartans currently average in double figures, led by junior point guard Kalin Lucas (16.1 ppg).

MSU's head coach Tom Izzo is 12-2 in Big Ten home openers, including winning the last seven. The Spartans lead the all-time series against Wisconsin, but the Badgers have won four of its last five meetings between the two schools. UW is 11-4 against MSU under Bo Ryan, including 2-4 at the Breslin Center.

The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Gus Johnson and Steve Smith calling the action.

Series History: Michigan State leads, 67-58


INDIANA at OHIO STATE | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
IND Game Notes | OSU Game Notes

Ohio State is set to entertain Indiana in the Hoosiers first true road contest of the season Wednesday evening with tip-off slated for 8:30 p.m. ET. Indiana will look to carry the momentum from its previous outing when it knocked off Michigan while the Buckeyes seek redemption after Sunday's loss to the Wolverines cost them to fall out of the national rankings.

Already this season, Indiana surpassed its overall win total from last year and equaled its number of Big Ten victories from 2008-09.The Hoosiers are led in scoring by freshman Maurice Creek (16.4 ppg.), who recently underwent knee surgery and is unlikely to return this season. Tom Crean's squad will rely on the young scoring tandem of Christian Watford and Verdell Jones III who combined for 39 of the Hoosiers' 71 points against the Maize and Blue.

Ohio State begins the home portion of the Big Ten Conference season after starting with road games at Wisconsin and Michigan. The Buckeyes will travel to Minnesota and Purdue to complete an opening stretch of four road games in the first five conference matchups of the season. Thad Matta's squad is 9-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground, connecting on 54 percent as a team from inside Value City Arena and 43 percent from long range. OSU has reached 100 or more points three times this season and average a margin of victory of +30.4. The Buckeyes are led in scoring by juniors Jon Diebler  (14.1 ppg.) and David Lighty (14.0 ppg.).

Tonight's game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Wayne Larivee calling the game alongside Shon Morris.

Series History: Indiana leads, 101-73


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