Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry

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Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry
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Michigan Wolverines Michigan State Spartans

Sport(s) Basketball
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
Trophy None

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.

History[edit]

"Do I respect John Beilein? Tremendously. Do I respect Michigan? Tremendously. Do I like them? Not one bit. I don’t like anything about Michigan and they don’t like anything about us, and that’s the way it should be."

Tom Izzo[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] (#21/#25T)[9] Michigan defeated the (#3/#3)[9] Spartans 80–75.[10] 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.[11] It also gave the team consecutive road wins against top 5 opponents after a 36-game losing streak against them.[10][11] Michigan's 7–0 Big Ten start was the best since the 1976–77 team won its first eight games.[11]

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,[12] and the first time they played three games against each other in one season.[13] Michigan State won by a score of 69–55.[14][15]

Game results[edit]

Games with both teams ranked
(AP Poll rankings)

Date Michigan
rank
Michigan
State
rank
UM–MSU
2/20/1986 7 19 59–74
3/1/1990 8 14 70–78
1/29/1992 15 13 89–79 OT
2/15/1992 17 12 59–70
2/2/1993 7 25 73–69
2/17/1998 22 14 75–80
1/17/2012 20 9 60–59
2/5/2012 23 9 54–64
2/12/2013 4 8 52–75
3/3/2013 4 9 58–57
1/25/2014 21 3 80–75
2/23/2014 20 13 79–70
3/16/2014 8 22 55–69

Recent Meetings

Date UM MSU Location
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodess, Doug (2013-02-11). "The 25 Bitterest Rivalries in College Basketball: 8. Michigan State vs. Michigan". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Michigan Men's Basketball History: History & Records (Through 2010-11 season): All-Time Series Records". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Michigan State's rivalry basketball game with Michigan first of its kind". MLive. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ "No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 9 Michigan State final score: Wolverines outlast Spartans, 58-57". SBNation. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  5. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle (2013-04-03). "Mr. Basketball: Hamilton Southeastern's Zak Irvin has gone from the junior varsity to No. 1". Indy Star. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  6. ^ Quinn, Brendan F. (2013-11-02). "Gary Harris and Zak Irvin: Another side of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry". MLive.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  7. ^ Bender, Bill (2014-01-23). "Why Michigan-Michigan State is Big Ten's best basketball rivalry". Sporting News. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Michigan-Michigan St. Preview". ESPN. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Saturday's Men's Basketball Results". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  10. ^ a b "Michigan holds off short-handed Michigan St. to stay perfect in Big Ten". ESPN. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  11. ^ a b c "Postgame Notes #21 Michigan 80, #3 Michigan State 75". MGoBlue. CBS Interactive. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  12. ^ "Postgame Notes: #22 Michigan State 69, #8 Michigan 55". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  13. ^ "B1G Tourney final: Michigan vs. Michigan State". BTN.com. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "No. 22 Michigan St. stuns No. 8 Michigan to claim Big Ten". ESPN. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  15. ^ "Michigan State Wins Big Ten Tournament Championship: Spartans down Michigan, 69-55, for tournament title". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16.