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Free Press special writer Nick Meyer will live-blog tonight's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State. Discuss the action here.
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Fresh off an exciting upset victory over the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern lost its fire in frigid Madison. A second-half surge helped Wisconsin by the shorthanded Wildcats.
For just the seventh time ever, MSU and Michigan will meet on the hardwood both ranked in the national polls. It's the most hype for this rivalry in a long time.
For the first time since 1998, a Michigan-Michigan State basketball game will matter. Well, maybe that's a little dramatic, but tonight's 7 o'clock tip at Crisler Center adds an element unseen in those 13 years -- each team is ranked.
Michigan State fifth-year senior wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keith Nichol have accepted invitations to play in postseason all-star games, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21. Cunningham, MSU's all-time leader in receptions (218) and receiving yards (3,086), will participate in the 87th East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., while Nichol, who set...
All photos by Dustin Johnston. Full gallery after the jump including key moments, Michigan’s quarterback and post game aftermath.
Michigan started hot, opening a 13-4 lead just 4 1/2 minutes into the game. U-M kept its composure in a hot-shooting first half -- 54% from the floor, its best 20 minutes of the Big Ten season.
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The last time Michigan and Michigan State faced each other while both were in the Top 25, Mateen Cleaves was a sophomore for the Spartans — and the Wolverines were trying to move on after ousting coach Steve Fisher.
With less than 4 minutes left in a three-point game, the player Michigan had the most trouble with Tuesday night at Crisler Center took a seat on the bench. Derrick Nix had scored 13 points and had helped Michigan State dig out of a nine-point hole and take a three-point lead. The No. 9 Spartans didn't score another basket as MSU lost its third straight to No. 20 U-M, 60-59.
The lesson was one the newcomers hoped to avoid throughout the course of their Michigan State basketball careers, but at least now they know. This is what it feels like to lose to Michigan