With Sunday’s 79-70 loss at the hands of the Wolverines, Michigan State is virtually eliminated from one seed contention for the tournament. The Spartans dropped five spots to No. 18 in both polls this week while Michigan moved up four places to No. 16. With only three games remaining in the season, MSU must focus on their own play, not what everyone is doing around them.
In Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology, he has the Spartans down to a three seed. With only three games left in the regular season, MSU needs to focus on winning out for any chance at a Big Ten regular season title. The Spartans are one game back in the loss column from Michigan, who has a much easier end to the regular season.
In a game that was truly a tale of two halves, the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines defeated No. 13 Michigan State 79-70 Sunday afternoon, to take full control of the top spot in the Big Ten.
The Spartans started off well, never trailing in the first half after Michigan led 4-2. MSU led by five in the closing seconds of the first half when Caris LeVert hit a three as time expired, to pull the Wolverines within two at the break.
The No. 13 Michigan State Spartans (22-5, 11-3) are headed to Ann Arbor, Mich. to battle against the rivaled No. 20 Michigan Wolverines (18-7, 10-3).
Not only is school pride on the line, but a chance at winning the conference title is on the line as well.
When Terry Braverman, the PA announcer at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, announced the score of the Wisconsin vs. Michigan men’s basketball game, the crowd erupted. Bo Ryan and his squad did their job and dismantled Michigan in Ann Arbor.
All Michigan State had to do was beat a middle-of-the-pack team and they would sit alone atop the Big Ten.
But the Cornhuskers had other plans.
Entering Saturday night’s game, both No. 3 Michigan State and No. 21 Michigan were undefeated in conference play. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas lead the Wolverines to a 80-75 victory over the Spartans with 19 points. The Wolverines have won five of seven in the series after losing 18 of 21.
The last two undefeated teams standing in the Big Ten happen to be two of the biggest rivals.
The No. 3 Spartans (18-1, 6-0) are preparing to face off against the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) at the Breslin tonight.
The Spartan women’s basketball team traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday to play their in-state rival, the University of Michigan Wolverines, in the teams’ only matchup of the season.
The Spartans beat the Wolverines, 79-72 and now start their Big Ten schedule 3-0 for the third time in the last four years.