Michigan State and Michigan are on opposite sides of the NCAA Tournament draw, so they won’t face each other unless they make it to the championship game. But both teams happen to be playing in the same venue for their first-round games, leading several Spartans fans to get creative.
According to Keloland.com, South Dakota State’s campus store has been flooded with orders for clothing in anticipation of the Jackrabbits’ first-round tournament game against four-seed Michigan. The kicker is that many of the orders are coming from the state of Michigan.
“We’ve actually have had some people, Michigan State fans calling in,” SDSU bookstore manager Stephen Brua told Keloland.com. “Michigan and Michigan State are playing in the same arena, so what the people are doing, buying some stuff so they can go to that game and cheer against Michigan.”
Michigan State faces Valparaiso at 12:15pm ET at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the first game of the tournament, which is the first of four games to be played at that venue Thursday. Later in the day, Michigan faces South Dakota State in a south region game. Spartans fans are planning to change out of their MSU gear and into SDSU gear so that they can cheer their school and against their rival in the same day.
You gotta love the passion of college sports fans.
H/T Eye on College Basketball
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