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Mateen Cleaves was only a sophomore, still two years away from leading Michigan State to a national championship. Michigan was in its first season after coach Steve Fisher's ouster -- a memorable era giving way to hard times and NCAA sanctions. The date was Feb. 17, 1998, and that's the last time the Spartans and Wolverines met while both were in the Top 25.
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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.
Michigan and Michigan State will battle on the court on Tuesday night but a pair of future rivals excelled at the 2012 Flying to the Hoop Invitational on Saturday. 2013 Michigan commitment Zak Irvin and 2012 Michigan State commitment Gary Harris combined for 50 points in a 39 point victory. Here are the highlights from City League Hoops:
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.
Mateen Cleaves was only a sophomore, still two years away from leading Michigan State to a national championship.
Michigan was in its first season after coach Steve Fisher's ouster - a memorable era giving way to hard times and NCAA sanctions.
The date was Feb. 17, 1998, and that's the last time the Spartans and Wolverines met while both were in the Top 25. That bit of...
Free Press special writer Nick Meyer will live-blog tonight's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State. Discuss the action here.
For Michigan State signee Kenny Kaminski a season lost due to a football injury has not stopped him from working on other skills he’ll look to use at Michigan State in the near future. Spartan Digest spoke with Kaminski on Monday afternoon.
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.
Free Press sports writer Mark Snyder breaks down five key elements in tonight's game between Michigan and Michigan State:
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.
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.
Courtney Schiffauer scored 12, Becca Mills had 11 points and Lykendra Johnson added 10 points for the Michigan State, which fell to No. 11 Ohio State 64-56 on Sunday.