The Badgers are beginning their four-week break coming off of a 4-1 loss to Michigan in last week’s split series in Ann Arbor. The Badgers haven’t had a significantly long break since their two-week between their series against Northern Michigan and Merrimack.
Wisconsin split their series against Northern Michigan on November 4th and 5th winning their first game and losing their second. Coming back two weeks later the Badgers started off strong, winning their first game against Merrimack but falling short in their second game, splitting the series. Wisconsin has split every series they’ve played this season, with the exception of their weekend in New York where they won both of their games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Wisconsin’s upcoming break will be substantially longer, spanning four weeks through the end of December and very beginning of January—twice as long as the longest break the Badgers have had this season.
The Badgers will be looking to increase the margins of their winning record (8-7-1-0) when they resume playing in their series against Michigan State in Madison on January 6th and 7th, 2017. In the past two seasons the Badgers have beat the Spartans in every matchup. Prior to the 2014-2015 season, the Badgers had not faced Michigan State since the 2010-11 season, when they were also victorious.
This season, Michigan State is 4-8-1 and will be playing games throughout the end of December and early January before facing the Badgers.
While the Badgers have a near-perfect history against Michigan State, coming off of a long break against a team who has been playing consistently throughout the duration of the next four weeks may affect the series and give Michigan State the slight advantage.
The Badgers and Michigan State face-off on January 6th, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Kohl Center.