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Michigan State 67, UW 59: The Badgers' Big Ten title hopes take a big hit


As a result, the Badgers (17-8, 9-5 Big Ten) suffered their second consecutive loss and took another hit in their quest to win the regular-season title.


Winston, arguably the best player in the league, hit 4 of 7 three-pointers and 8 of 17 shots overall and led the Spartans with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds.


Nick Ward added 12 points and six rebounds and the Spartans were more efficient from the free-throw line, hitting 8 of 11 attempts compared to just 5 of 12 for UW.


Brevin Pritzl, who recorded just one rebound and one assist in 18 minutes in the loss to Michigan, scored seven points in the opening half to spark UW.


Michigan State's defensive plan was simple: Guard Happ one-on-one with Ward and Xavier Tillman and hug UW's three-point shooters.


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