Michigan State Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Michigan in B1G Showdown

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Michigan State Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Michigan in B1G Showdown
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Michigan State's star junior Keith Appling can take over games.

Big Ten basketball followers will be in for a treat Tuesday when the Michigan State Spartans host their bitter in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. 

In the past, this match was of little interest to those outside of the state of Michigan. The Spartans had trouble on the football field, but they dominated the Wolverines on the hardwood. 

Times have changed. 

The Wolverines (21-3, 8-3 B1G) have emerged in the past couple of years as a legitimate threat to Tom Izzo, and Co. Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 B1G) can no longer afford to look past Michigan, one of the Big Ten's elite. 

Michigan looks to have its most talented team since the glory years of the Fab Five, while the Spartans...well, they're the Spartans—they're always a challenge. 

Maize and Blue versus Green and White; how can the Spartans avoid falling at the Breslin Center to the Wolverines? 

Let's preview the game between the pair of top-10 worthy clubs by highlighting Michigan State's top five keys to downing coach John Beilen's surging contenders. 

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