Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 1/18/12
NCAA Basketball Stats A year ago, Michigan hit Michigan State while the Spartans were down. The sweep provided the Michigan program with a jolt of energy, confidence and an eventual NCAA Tournament berth but there was no denying the existing chinks in the Spartan armor. This year, for the first time in over a decade, the two programs finally had a chance to spar on equal footing. Both teams entered Tuesday’s game ranked in the top-25 for the fist time since 1998 and were separated by just a half game at the top of the Big Ten standings. The game on the floor did not fall short of expectations. The Wolverines let a double-digit second half lead slip away to a valiant Michigan State run before battling back, and then holding on in the closing moments, to escape with a narrow 60-59 victory. The first half of this game went according to Michigan’s game plan. The Wolverine offense hummed along effectively as Michigan hit threes, got easy looks off of the pick-and-roll and even found s...
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