Former Spartan Draymond Green Says Michigan Not Close to Michigan State

By Connor Muldowney
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If you know anything about college sports, you know how intense the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans rivalry can get. In fact, the two schools don’t like much about each other and have a hard time showing respect for one another. Draymond Green is a former Michigan State star and current Golden State Warriors role player, but he is carrying the tradition of hating his college rival.

According to Green, the Spartans still own the state when it comes to basketball despite a season sweep by the Wolverines during the 2013-14 campaign. Michigan has won six of the past eight meetings between the two teams and the argument remains: are the Wolverines finally all caught up to Michigan State in basketball?

Draymond Green has an answer to that question — a very emphatic “no”.

Sure, that’s some pretty good trash talking, but he didn’t stop there.

He has a point on this one, Michigan needs to prove it in March if they are actually caught up to the Spartans. In fact, Tom Izzo has six Final Fours with the Spartans as well as a national title. What about John Beilein? Well, he has led the Wolverines to one Final Four and a national title loss with just one conference title — that being his only finish better than fourth in the Big Ten.

During Beilein’s reign at Michigan, the Wolverines have had a ninth-place conference finish, two seventh-place finishes, two fourth-place finishes and a tie for first once to end the Big Ten season. The Wolverines have only gotten past the second round of the NCAA Tournament just twice in six years as well.

In that same time frame, Izzo has led the Spartans to two fourth-place finishes (his worst finish during that time), a second-place finish and three first-place finishes. Oh, and not to mention he has gotten the Spartans past the second round five out of six years.

Green went on to say this:

These are starting to sound like fair comments. Your move, Michigan.

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