Michigan State students lined up early to see their beloved team take it to their hated rival. It was a cold February day, but the line stretched hundreds of yards long and contained thousands of Wolverine-blood thirsty students. Some fans stood in line for close to 12 hours and waited in tents for the hottest ticket in town.
I’ve said it before that the Spartans were the best team in the Big Ten and I still firmly believe that. This victory over a talented Wolverine squad reassured my belief in that statement.
The game was over before it even began. The Spartans came out firing with a barrage of threes that the Wolverines couldn’t counter. Gary Harris led the way with 17 points and a 5-9 performance from deep. Michigan State held a 14-point lead at the half, 38-24, and came out even harder in the second half with defensive intensity.
The final score was one that no one expected as the Spartans beat up on the Wolverines 75-52 in one of the fiercest rivalries in college sports.
The Spartans didn’t disappoint as the underrated team dominated from start to finish.
Is Michigan State really the best team in the conference? In my opinion, yes. They are currently tied for first place in the heated Big Ten race with the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers may be the No. 1 team in the country and many people would say they are also the top team in the conference, but I believe the contrary.
Michigan State matched up with the Hoosiers a few short weeks ago and looked great, giving up a lead late and losing by just five on the road in one of the toughest places to play, Bloomington.
The other Big Ten loss that the Spartans suffered was against the currently free-falling, but formerly-hot Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first conference game of the season. However, for anyone who has ever followed Tom Izzo, they know that his Spartans always get better as the season goes along. News flash: the Spartans are light-years better than they were at the beginning of the conference season.
This team has unlimited potential and with just one senior, Derrick Nix, they will be a force for some time in the Big Ten, but for now they will have to settle for being the best team in the conference.