The Spartans and Wolverines don’t exactly get along as Spartan head coach Tom Izzo says that he respects Michigan, but he doesn’t like them one bit. This series between the two in-state rivals has not been much of a rivalry in the past decade, but the Wolverines have won three of the past four games against the Spartans.
This has been one of the most anticipated games of the season thus far and should make for a ruckus crowd at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State will play Michigan with both of the teams ranked in the top-10 for the first time in the history of the series, making for an incredible matchup that happens to be each team’s hated rival.
Michigan may have the advantage at the guard position with possibly Player of the Year candidate Trey Burke going against Cousy Award finalist Keith Appling. This matchup will be closely watched, but determined by which one can make the bigger shots.
The interior play will be heavily favoring the Spartans as Adreian Payne has become a star for Michigan State down low and Derrick Nix is too big of a player for anyone on Michigan to guard. Jordan Morgan is questionable for the Wolverines as their biggest down-low presence will be freshman Mitch McGary if Morgan can’t go.
The Spartans will look to beat the Wolverines and take their second win out of the past three games against the school in Ann Arbor.
Prediction: Michigan 70, Michigan State 76