A tremendous Big Ten rivalry matchup hit the stage this Saturday night as the Michigan State Wolverines challenge the Michigan State Spartans, at Jack Breslin Student Events Center at 7 PM ET.
If the Wolverines manage to beat the Spartans, Michigan will become the first school to win 3 straight regular season games vs top-10 teams since Iowa in 1986-87.
“Hopefully (we’re) at 100 percent, 212 degrees, every game, no matter who the opponent is,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Is it easier to get up for this game? Absolutely.”
Michigan is 6-0 against Big Ten rivals this season, and they beat Iowa 75-67 on Wednesday. “I think the main thing is we’re not scared,” Michigan’s Nik Stauskas said. “We’re just going to come in and play the way Michigan basketball plays and just be as aggressive as we can.”
Michigan State is 7-0 against Big Ten opponents; they beat Indiana by 5 on Tuesday and their only loss came against North Carolina, early in December. “It’s a big game, a rivalry game,” Michigan State guard Gary Harris said. “The Bres will be rocking. They’ll be ready to play, so it’s definitely going to be a battle.”
The College Basketball betting odds have the Spartans as 5 point favorites, and the game total was set at 137 points for the night. Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Michigan State.