Our 25-game span covers 13 years, a time-frame that offers a good-sized medium-range view of the series. It also represents every game played between these teams in the 21st Century.
Some would like a shorter viewpoint, so we've broken those 25 games into five sequential five-game sets. You can get a good sense of the series by viewing it in five-game intervals.
- MSU 5-0 in games
- MSU +146 points
(2-24-04) MSU by 3
(1-27-05) MSU by 11
(2-12-05) MSU by 15
- MSU 4-1 in games
- MSU +34 points
(2-13-07) MSU by 15
(2-27-07) UM by 11
(1-27-08) MSU by 15
- MSU 3-2 in games
- MSU +33 points
(3-07-10) MSU by 16
(1-27-11) UM by 4
(3-05-11) UM by 7
- MSU 3-2 in games
- MSU +18 points
(2-12-13) MSU by 23
(3-03-13) UM by 1
(1-25-14) UM by 5
- UM 3-2 in games
- MSU +26 points
Here are a few things we can conclude from reviewing the list of actual games played:
- Over the last 10 games, MSU and UM are tied at 5-5 in games (but the Spartans have outscored the Wolverines by 44 points).
- Over the last 15 games, MSU leads UM 8-7 (outscoring them by 77 points).
- Over the last 20 games, MSU leads UM 12-8 (outscoring them by 111 points).
- Over the last 25 games, MSU leads UM 17-8 (outscoring them by 257 points in 25 games). The Spartans have had at least one double-digit victory during all but two calendar years since that time (2003, 2011).
- It's only the last five-game set that Michigan leads, and then it's only 3-2, and Michigan State has scored 26 more points in those games.
- The Wolverines have won by double-digits over the Spartans only one time since Monica Lewinsky became a household name, and that one game was seven years ago.
- 15 of the MSU wins have been by double-digits, while four of the UM wins have been by two points or less.
Here is a comparison of the two basketball programs over the past 10 seasons:
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