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Saturday, January 30, 2016
RIVALRY MATCH-UP ONE WEEK AWAY, AS SPARTANS & WOLVERINES BOTH WIN GAMES
Michigan State will play Michigan at Crisler Arena one week from today, in the only scheduled meeting between the two teams this season. MSU has the better overall record, while UM is ahead in the conference standings. Both teams won games this week.
The Spartans took down Northwestern, hitting 16 three-point shots to win on the road, 76-45. The Wildcats fall to 15-7 with the loss.
The Wolverines beat Rutgers 68-57 in Ann Arbor. The Scarlet Knights are 6-15 overall, winless in the conference, having recently been outscored by more than 150 points in a five-game stretch.
Both squads have games remaining before the rivalry showdown, and we will compare the teams based on the current season as the game draws near. But for now, a quick "macro-look" at the historical record of this series.
Here is a snapshot comparison of the two programs, taken from Wikipedia:
The data chart above shows that Michigan State is the better program overall, though Michigan has had it's fair share of outstanding players. The official game record shows UM leading MSU in the all-time series, 97-79, an 18-game lead for the Wolverines.
But like ALL of the "all-time series" records, this one counts more than 50 games played before 1950, when the East Lansing school was not called Michigan State UNIVERSITY, and prior to the Spartans entrance into the Big Ten. Michigan held a 39-17 lead in 1950, meaning that Michigan State has won more games in the last 65 years of the series.
Since 1950, MSU leads UM, 62-58.
Since 2000, MSU leads UM, 20-9.
So the Spartans lead the Wolverines in basketball since the invention of rocket-ships. Prior to rocket-ships (and "MSU"), UM had the lead.
A quick examination of the win/loss trend-line shows that Michigan State basically took over this series under the direction of Tom Izzo. Hence, the slogan: "In Izzo We Trust."
None of these factors will determine the outcome of the game next week. But that game will be rolled-into the overall series record between the two teams, and one game either way will not have a huge effect on the big picture of the rivalry. As usual, both teams need a win to advance towards their goals, so it's unlikely that ancient history will be high on the minds of players and coaches during the 40 minutes of action.
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