The rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan is one of college hoops’ best in any season, but it’s going to be even bigger than usual this year. Both the Spartans and the Wolverines have legitimate Final Four aspirations, and their head-to-head meetings will have a lot to say about who gets crowned as the Big Ten champion.
Both teams are depending heavily on elite recruiting classes, but there’s plenty of returning talent as well. Nowhere is the latter fact more evident than at point guard, where last year’s breakout stars—State’s Keith Appling and UM’s Trey Burke—are this year’s experienced leaders.
Herein, a position-by-position breakdown of how the two teams will match up and which side will have the edge in 2012-13.