Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry
|Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry|
|Total meetings||174 (164, adjusted)|
|Series record||Michigan leads, 97–77 (90–74)|
|First meeting||January 9, 1909
Michigan Agricultural 24, Michigan 16
|Last meeting||March 16, 2014
Michigan 55, Michigan State 69
|Largest win||Michigan State 114-63 (3/4/2000)|
|Longest win streak||Michigan 12, 1921-1927|
|Current win streak||Michigan State, 1|
The Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry is a college basketball rivalry between Michigan Wolverines men's basketball and Michigan State Spartans men's basketball that is part of the larger intrastate rivalry between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University that exists across a broad spectrum of endeavors including their general athletic programs: Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. On the field, the athletic rivalry includes the Paul Bunyan Trophy and the Michigan–Michigan State ice hockey rivalry, but extends to almost all sports and many other forms of achievement. Both teams are members of the Big Ten Conference.
Michigan currently leads the series, which began on January 9, 1909. They have played one game that did not count as a conference game in 1997. The last time that these schools did not meet twice in a season was during the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.
Despite the intense rivalry for basketball recruits and resources and the intensity of the rivalry in other sports, the rivalry has not been intense (as measured by rankings) on the basketball court until recently when the teams met 6 times in a row as ranked opponents. The two teams have only played 11 times total when both teams were ranked, and they played their first game with both teams being ranked in the Top 10 in 2013.
On February 12, 2013, for the first time in the series' 170-game history, dating back to 1909, the teams met while both were ranked in the Top 10. The Spartans (20–4, 9–2 Big Ten) were ranked No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, while the Wolverines (21–3, 8–3 Big Ten) come in ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches poll. Michigan State ended up winning the game at the Breslin Center, 75–52. The following month, both teams were once again ranked in the Top 10, this time Michigan was on the winning end of a game played at the Crisler Center, by a score of 58–57.
2012 Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris and 2013 Indiana Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin were teammates at Hamilton Southeastern High School, but Irvin signed with Michigan after Harris had joined Michigan State. The two were best friends from third grade through high school and even wagered on the January 17, 2012 game in high school after the two had committed to different basketball programs, with Harris having to wear Maize and Blue for a day as a result.
At the time of the first 2013–14 Big Ten season matchup of the teams, Sporting News's Bill Bender felt the rivalry was the best in the Big Ten largely due to the teams' excellence in the prior three seasons. With Michigan State riding an 11-game winning streak, including 7 in conference, and Michigan riding an 8-game winning streak, including 6 in conference, the January 25 game marked the first time in Big Ten history that two teams have met when both teams were 6–0 or better in conference play. (#21/#25T) Michigan defeated the (#3/#3) Spartans 80–75. It was the first time Michigan ever defeated three consecutive AP Poll top ten opponents and marked the first time since the 1986–87 Iowa Hawkeyes that any team has won three consecutive games all of which were against top 10 opponents. It also gave the team consecutive road wins against top 5 opponents after a 36-game losing streak against them. Michigan's 7–0 Big Ten start was the best since the 1976–77 team won its first eight games.
Both teams advanced to the championship game of the 2014 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, marking the first time they have faced each other in any postseason tournament, and the first time they played three games against each other in one season. Michigan State won by a score of 69–55.
Games with both teams ranked
(AP Poll rankings)
|Mar 16, 2014||55||69||Indianapolis, IN|
|Feb 23, 2014||79||70||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 25, 2014||80||75||East Lansing, MI|
|Mar 3, 2013||58||57||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Feb 12, 2013||52||75||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 5, 2012||54||64||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 17, 2012||60||59||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Mar 5, 2011||70||63||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 27, 2011||61||57||East Lansing, MI|
|Mar 7, 2010||48||64||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 26, 2010||56||57||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Feb 10, 2009||42||54||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 28, 2008||62||77||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 27, 2007||67||56||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Feb 13, 2007||44||59||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 18, 2006||71||90||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 25, 2006||72||67||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Feb 12, 2005||49||64||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 27, 2005||53||64||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 24, 2004||69||72||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 17, 2004||54||71||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 26, 2003||60||58||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 30, 2002||44||71||East Lansing, MI|
|Mar 3, 2001||57||78||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 30, 2001||64||91||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Mar 4, 2000||63||114||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 1, 2000||62||82||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Feb 18, 1999||58||73||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 9, 1999||67||81||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 17, 1998||75||80||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 10, 1998||79||69||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Feb 1, 1997||85||65||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 25, 1997||74||61||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 27, 1996||75||46||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jan 13, 1996||76||54||East Lansing, MI|
|Feb 21, 1995||64||67||East Lansing, MI|
|Jan 22, 1995||71||73||Ann Arbor, MI|
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