MADISON, Wis. — Wednesday was a rough day for the Badgers program.
First, Kobe King announced his decision to leave the team. A few hours later, Brad Davison was suspended for one game by the Big Ten Conference.
Still, without two starters, Wisconsin (13-9, 6-5 Big Ten) picked up its biggest win of a trying season: a 64-63 victory over No. 14 Michigan State at the Kohl Center on Saturday.
Wisconsin led by 16 points at the half and by as many as 18 early on in the second, but a Spartans (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) run cut the Badgers lead to just three points at around the 10-minute mark. That’s when Wisconsin went on a 7-0 run, capped by an Aleem Ford three-pointer to give the Badgers another double-digit lead — one they wouldn’t give up again.
Nate Reuvers led the Badgers with 15 points and three rebounds.
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston scored a game-high 17 points.
The Badgers next travel to Minneapolis for a Border Battle matchup on Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.