Michigan–Michigan State men’s basketball rivalry
The Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry is a school basketball competition between Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball and Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball that’s part of the larger intrastate competition involving the University of Michigan and Michigan State University that is across a wide spectrum of jobs including their general athletic applications: Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. On the field, the athletic competition comprises the Paul Bunyan Trophy along with the Michigan–Michigan State ice hockey rivalry, but extends to almost all sports and several different forms of accomplishment. Both teams are members of the Big Ten Conference. The competition has been evidenced both on the court and off the court. Among the off the court elements of this rivalry, recruiting of basketball ability has resulted in battles, the most notable of which turned into the University of Michigan basketball scandal, the investigation of which started when both colleges sought the services of Mateen Cleaves.
Michigan now leads the series, which started on January 9, 1909. As a result of the Big Ten moving to 11 teams with the inclusion of Penn State, teams were not guaranteed two games against every other. Accordingly, the schools chose to play 1 game that did not count as a conference game in 1997. When the Big Ten went into a 20-game conference schedule in 2018–19, the conference announced that the teams would play each other two in every season.
A 1996 rollover accident throughout Michigan’s recruitment of Mateen Cleaves led to a very long investigation surrounding the University of Michigan basketball scandal. Cleaves finally matriculated at Michigan State.
Despite the intense competition for basketball recruits and tools along with the degree of the competition in other sports, the competition hadn’t been intense (as measured by rankings) on the basketball court until the 2010s when the teams met seven days in a row as rated opponents.
On February 12, 2013, for the very first time in the series’ 170-game history, dating back to 1909, the teams met while both were ranked in the Top 10. The Spartans (20–4, 9–2 Big Ten) were ranked No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, while the Wolverines (21–3, 8–3 Big Ten) came in ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches poll. Michigan State won the game at the Breslin Center, 75–52. The following month, both teams were again ranked in the Top 10, now Michigan was on the winning end of a game played at the Crisler Center, by a score of 58–57.
Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2012, Gary Harris, also 2013 Indiana Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin were teammates at Hamilton Southeastern High School, but Irvin signed with Michigan later Harris had united Michigan State. The two were best friends from third grade through high school as well as wagered on the January 17, 2012 match in high school following both had dedicated to different basketball programs, with Harris having to wear Maize and Blue for a day consequently.
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