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

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Michigan Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Michigan State in B1G Showdown
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
What do the Michigan Wolverines need to do in order to top the Michigan State Spartans?

The tide in the rivalry between the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines and No. 8 Michigan State Spartans appears to be turning, but in order for the Maize and Blue to keep this positive movement going, they will need to beat the Green and White at the Breslin Center.

The Wolverines have won three of their last four meetings with the Spartans, though the loss was a 64-54 drubbing in East Lansing during the 2011-12 campaign.

This contest will mark the end of Michigan's most difficult stretch of the season, which has resulted in road losses to the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers and No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers.

Michigan needs a win over Michigan State to keep pace in the Big Ten Conference title chase, which only adds to the importance of this mid-season tilt between in-state rivals.

Tuesday night will also be the first time the Spartans and Wolverines have met each other on the hardwood as top 10 teams. 

What will Michigan need to do in order to topple Michigan State on the road? Click ahead to find out! 

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