Big Ten Basketball: No. 22 Michigan vs. No. 10 Michigan State

Andrew SilversheinContributor IIIFebruary 4, 2012


The Michigan Wolverines (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing on Sunday for a key game against the Michigan State Spartans (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten).

These two Big Ten rivals faced each other a few weeks ago, with the Wolverines beating the Spartans 60-59 on an exciting defensive stand.

Trey Burke, who has been phenomenal for the Wolverines all season, had one of his best games against Michigan State. He dropped 20 points (8-11 from the field, 3-6 from downtown), grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. He also registered two steals and blocked two shots. 

The Wolverines have won the past three matchups and will look to register their second straight season sweep of the Spartans.

Michigan is one game away from completing their most difficult stretch of the year. Four of their last five games have been on the road, and after Sunday, the Wolverines will have played three straight games against top 20 teams.

In their past four games, they lost a heartbreaker to a tough Arkansas team in Fayetteville, beat Purdue in Mackey Arena, lost to No. 3 OSU in Columbus and beat No. 20 Indiana in Ann Arbor.

After winning 15 games in a row, the Spartans have dropped three of their past five games. Last Tuesday, Draymond Green went down with a knee sprain in a loss against Illinois. The injury did not look promising, and after the game Green expressed that he could not put any pressure on his left leg.

The team insists Green will be ready to go come Sunday, but it is unclear how effective he will be.

The resurgence of the Wolverines has reinvigorated this rivalry, which had been dominated by the Spartans for the past decade. A win at the Breslin Center would be a huge confidence boost for the Wolverines, and it would put them in a great position in the Big Ten.

The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS at 1 pm.