The Michigan State Spartans, in an overwhelming team effort, blew out the Michigan Wolverines at home tonight to grab the basketball bragging rights for the state of Michigan. This is the first battle in this rivalry, as the Spartans travel to Michigan next month to fight it out once again.
This was the first time in history that both teams are ranked in the top 10 and tonight the lowest ranked team won. The Spartans put the pedal to the metal and never looked back from tip-off to the final buzzer. They played exceptionally well tonight, like a team on a mission, and like they wanted to prove a point to everyone who was watching.
Michigan State played its best game all season while Michigan played its worst. The Spartans defense took the Wolverines out of their comfort zone, and wouldn’t let the Wolverines get any open looks on the perimeter and kept them out of the paint. On the offensive side the Spartans controlled the clock and executed each play just right. They crashed the boards with ease and got easy baskets each trip down the court. The Spartans played with passion, toughness, and with a desire to dominate the Wolverines.
You can always tell how bad of a blow out a game has become when both benches are emptied and the reserves get to play with a few minutes left in the game. This was a total embarrassment for the Wolverines as they couldn’t get anything going on either side of the ball. They had a hard time holding onto the ball and turned it over 16 times. When you give the other team extra chances through turnovers, you’ll be in for a long night. That is exactly what it was for the Wolverines, a long night.
This win helped the Spartans move up in the Big 1o standings tying Indiana for first place.They are now the team to beat in the Big 1o, and if they play defense like they did tonight, they might be the team to beat in the nation.
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