Jan. 17, 2016
UW 77, Michigan State 76
The first signature victory of Gard’s career came on the heels of the Badgers starting 1-4 in Big Ten play, with all of those defeats by six or fewer points. Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes combined for 52 points in a win that left Michigan State coach Tom Izzo scratching his head because his team dominated the game from a statistical standpoint. “I think the young coach out-coached the old coach,” Izzo said. Beating the Spartans was the start of a seven-game winning streak that included knocking off No. 2 Maryland on the road.