Michigan–Michigan State men’s basketball rivalry

The Michigan–Michigan State basketball competition is a college basketball competition between Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball and Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball that’s part of the bigger intrastate competition involving the University of Michigan and Michigan State University that exists across a broad spectrum of endeavors including their overall athletic applications: Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. On the field, the athletic competition includes the Paul Bunyan Trophy along with the Michigan–Michigan State hockey baseball competition, but extends to just about all sports and many different forms of achievement. Both groups are members of the Big Ten Conference. The rivalry has been evidenced both to the court and off the court. One of the off the court elements of the rivalry, recruitment of basketball ability has resulted in battles, the most notable of which turned into the University of Michigan basketball scandal, the investigation of that started when both schools sought the professional services of Mateen Cleaves.
Michigan currently leads the series, which began on January 9, 1909. As a result of this Big Ten moving to 11 teams with the inclusion of Penn State, teams were not guaranteed two games against each other. Accordingly, the colleges chose to play one game that didn’t count as a conference game in 1997. When the Big Ten went into a 20-game conference program in 2018–19, the conference announced the teams would always play each other two in each season.
A 1996 rollover accident during Michigan’s recruitment of Mateen Cleaves resulted in a long investigation surrounding the University of Michigan basketball scandal. Cleaves eventually matriculated in Michigan State.
Despite the intense rivalry for basketball recruits and tools and the degree of the competition in different sports, the rivalry 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 show’ 170-game history, dating back to 1909, the teams met while both were ranked in the Top 10. The Spartans (20–4, 9–two Big Ten) were rated 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, this time 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 in Hamilton Southeastern High School, but Irvin signed with Michigan after Harris had joined Michigan State. The two were best buddies from third grade through high school and even wagered on the January 17, 2012 match in high school following both had committed to distinct basketball programs, with Harris needing to wear Maize and Blue to get a day as a result.

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