To be clear, we prefer standard measuring sticks that add up to multiples of five. You know, like 5-10-15-20-25-30, and so forth. We've noticed that our culture recognizes achievements and records and milestones like 10 years of this and/or 25 years of that, and so on. So it's been a bit difficult to hear all of these Michigan fans trying to define the "new reality" as only including the last three years.
Okay, then. They've had a good streak recently, no doubt. They're not the cellar-dwellers anymore. They have risen up to competitive status. Bully for them. But both of the Michigan State Basketball programs are in great shape right now, as they have been for some time. Being successful at Breslin is not a new experience.
We decided to take their bait and see what the three-year picture actually looks like, when combining conference records of both basketball teams. Guess what? The Spartans are on top.
Here are the composite numbers for 2012-2013-2014:
- 72-30 MICHIGAN STATE**
- 65-37 MICHIGAN**
- 59-43 OHIO STATE*
- 56-46 IOWA
- 55-47 PURDUE
- 54-48 NEBRASKA
- 52-50 PENN STATE***
- 47-55 WISCONSIN
- 43-59 MINNESOTA
- 40-62 INDIANA*
- 37-65 ILLINOIS
- 32-70 NORTHWESTERN
So there, you knew something was funny about the crazy claims coming from Ann Arbor, didn't you? All of their boasts require odd-lot time-spans, like three years or eight games, etc. That's okay, they feel good right now. Must be a relief to them to not stink like a kettle of week-old fish. Give them some space, they're exhilarated right now.
But like the old saying goes, "You can have your own opinions, but you can't have your own facts." We present these facts because they have not elsewhere been publicized.
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