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Thursday, December 3, 2015


We've noticed a number of readers looking at our last Rivalry Update for women's basketball between Michigan State and Michigan, so we thought it was about time to give an "update to the Update"! There have been four games played between MSU and UM since our last update, and the teams have surprisingly SPLIT in the contests, 2-2, with the combined final scores only one point apart.

So this update will look better for the Lady Wolverines than any we're summarized to date on this web site. The teams have only one scheduled game this season, at Breslin on February 4.

The Spartans lead the all-time series 65-18, winning more than 70% of the games played in Ann Arbor, and more than 80% of the games played in East Lansing. We'll review the last 10 games between the two teams, and summarize the program results over the last five seasons.

  • (3-5-15):  MSU by 20 points
  • (2-5-15):  UM by 13 points
  • (1-4-15):  UM by 9 points
  • (3-7-14):  MSU by 3 points
  • (1-12-14) MSU by 7 points
  • (3-08-13) MSU by 16 points
  • (2-16-13) UM by 1 point
  • (2-04-13) MSU by 15 points
  • (2-05-12) MSU by 2 points
  • (1-04-12) MSU by 5 points
  • 10-game Total:  
    7-3 MSU (by 45 points)


MICHIGAN STATE - 2011 to 2015
  • 2011:  27-6.....First place.....NCAA second round
  • 2012:  20-12...Second place.....NCAA first round
  • 2013:  25-9....Third place.....NCAA second round
  • 2014:  23-10...First Place.....NCAA second round
  • 2015:  16-15...Ninth tournament

MSU FIVE YEAR TOTAL = 111-52 (.681)
Four NCAA Tournaments (three wins)
Two B1G Conference Championships

MICHIGAN - 2011 to 2015
  • 2011:  17-13.....Third place.....WNIT
  • 2012:  20-12.... Seventh place.....NCAA first round
  • 2013:  22-11.....Fifth place.....NCAA second round
  • 2014:  20-14.....Sixth place.....WNIT
  • 2015:  20-15.....Eighth place.....WNIT

UM FIVE YEAR TOTAL = 99-65 (.604)
(Overall record includes six WNIT wins)
Two NCAA Tournaments (one win)

The two victories by Michigan last year, taking advantage of an injury-plagued season that severely depleted the Michigan State roster, make the rivalry series appear closer than it's looked in more than a decade. We will compile a 25-game series summary before the teams meet in February to give a longer-range perspective on the series.


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