It's Good to Be Green: Draymond Green Leads Michigan State Past Michigan

Seth NewmanCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2012

Well that's finally over. 

Thank God. 

The No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (18-5, 7-3) beat their in-state rivals, the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines (17-7, 7-4) 64-54 on Sunday, Feb 5th. 

The win ends a three game losing streak to the Wolverines, one less than the Spartans have over the Wolverines in football. 

Senior forward Draymond Green had hurt his knee against Illinois a few days before the Spartans and Wolverines were set to battle, but Green wouldn't let the knee injury keep him out from his last game against Michigan. 

Green had his best career game against Michigan. The Saginaw native scored 14 points, dished out four assists, and single handedly out rebounded the entire Michigan Wolverines team 16 to 15. 

After losing by one point to Michigan earlier this year, Green had sworn not to lose to them again. 

"You can't say something and not back up your words," Green said. "I'd be less of a man to guarantee something, promise something and not come out here and do what I can to back up my word."

This game was classic Spartan basketball. All of the Spartan players went to war on the glass tonight, and outrebounded Michigan 39 to 15. 

One noticeable lineup change was senior Austin Thornton starting in place of senior transfer Brandon Wood. Wood had played without much energy against Illinois, perhaps due to the fact that his step brother was shot in the head just two days before that game. Either way, Tom Izzo decided to shake up the line up. 

The results were just what Izzo was looking for. 

Wood sparked a Michigan State run and ended the game with nine points, four assists and four rebounds. 

The play of Michigan State centers Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne was excellent. The two hedged Michigan point guard Trey Burke so he couldn't get into the lane. It forced Michigan to shoot from the outside in which they happened to have a cold night, especially guard Tim Hardaway Jr. who shot 1-10 from the field, including 0-3 from the beyond the arc. 

With the victory, Michigan State is now 14-0 at the Breslin Center this year and it keeps Michigan with just one win on the road this year for them. 

So how does Draymond Green feel about snapping the streak to Michigan? 

"The world is back into place," Green said

Michigan State moves solely in second place in the Big Ten, one game behind No. 3 Ohio State. 

The Spartans next face Penn State on Wed, Feb 8th at the Breslin Center.