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Next week will be Basketball Rivalry Week, as Michigan State squares-off against Michigan twice in three days. The women's teams will play on Thursday (February 4) at Breslin, followed by the men's teams on Saturday (February 6) at Crisler. These could be two of the closest games in the history of the rivalry.
The men's game will draw the lion's share of the attention, but all four teams need wins to advance their respective causes. The Spartan Men have defeated the Wolverines 16 times in the last 25 games, but the series is tied at five-apiece over the last ten games. UM has moved ahead of MSU in the conference standings, thanks to the three-game losing streak by Michigan State, and aided by the very easy run of games on the Michigan schedule.
The women's game may prove critical for the post-season hopes of the Wolverines, as well as the conference title drive by the Spartans. MSU leads the all-time series with UM in women's basketball, 66-18. And despite two (rare) victories by Michigan last season, Michigan State has won 21 games in the last 25 meetings between the two schools.
Michigan has lost a pair of one-point games, so they could easily be 13-6, and if Michigan State had played Maryland over the weekend, they would probably be 14-5. (The game has been postponed due to the historic east-coast blizzard.) So, in many ways, there isn't much difference between the two teams this season.
No word yet regarding the teams wearing uniforms that are either lime-green or banana-yellow!
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