Found February 11, 2013 on
It’s never happened. Not once. For as long as the two schools from the great state of Michigan have been playing basketball, they have never come across this particular occurrence once in any of their previous 169 match ups.
But on Tuesday it will happen. The two rival schools will square off for the first time ever while both being ranked as one of the top ten teams in the nation. In what will be one of the biggest rivalry games to be played yet this season, the 8th ranked Michigan State Spartans (20-4, 9-2) will welcome into town the 4th ranked Michigan Wolverines (21-3, 8-3). Tip off is scheduled for 9:00 PM and will be televised on ESPN.
For the better part of the past 15 years, it has largely been Michigan State holding the upper hand in this rivalry. However, ever since John Beilein took over the reigns at Michigan, the series has become more and more competitive and Michigan has even taken three of the past four contests between the two.
The Spartans come into this one on a p...
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Here’s Tom Izzo and Keith Appling after Michigan State’s emphatic blowout win over Michigan on Tuesday evening. Izzo’s assessment of the game was succint. “We probably played our best game in 3 years,” he said. “And they probably played one of their worst.”
Appling after the jump.
Just prior to the Michigan St/Michigan tilt on Tuesday night, Sparty photobombed ESPN’s Samantha Ponder H/T @Tim_Goergen
While this game wasn’t a perfect one by any means, viewing the box score leaves me feeling pretty darn good about it just the same. Much of the season has been spent lauding the efforts of Appling, Harris and Dawson, and deservedly so, but what was most impressive about this victory for me was the contributions of a few other players. Yes, the Spartans appeared to have quality...
1. Appling vs. Burke: Ok, everyone has been talking about this individual matchup all year long and we finally get to see it tonight. Appling has downplayed this matchup when asked, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is personal for both point guards. Both have been doing it all for their teams as of late, scoring, passing, rebounding and even recording...
Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling added 17, leading No. 12 Michigan State past Purdue 78-65 on Saturday night.
The Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have won three straight, nine of their last 10, four of their last five on the road in conference play and will retain at least a share of the league lead - regardless of what happens Sunday when No. 1 Indiana visits No....