|Michigan State||K Appling 13.4||A Payne 7.3||K Appling 3.8|
|Michigan||T Burke 18.8||M McGary 5.6||T Burke 6.9|
No. 9 Michigan State travels to Crisler Arena on Sunday to take on No. 4 Michigan. It gets started at 4 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBS. The Spartans beat the Wolverines 75-52 on Feb. 12 and are 5-3 against them over the last four years.
Michigan State is in second place in the Big Ten and Michigan is in fifth. Both teams continue to fight for position.
The Spartans were defeated by Ohio State 68-60 on Feb. 24 despite 14 points and 5 assists from Gary Harris. He is putting up 13.2 points per game while also averaging 2.5 rebounds per game. For the Wolverines, Tim Hardaway Jr put up 19 points and 7 rebounds in the 84-78 loss to Penn State on Feb. 27. He is averaging 15.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
There is one important category where Michigan has a statistical edge, scoring, where the Wolverines have the upper hand over the Spartans, 76 points per game to 69 points per game. Michigan can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: turnover percentage at 15.0 percent and effective field goal percentage at 56.4 percent.
- Michigan State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (71.3 percent to 56.7 percent).
- Since 1998, Michigan State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Michigan (six vs. one).
- Since 1998, Michigan State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Michigan (19 vs. 11).
- Michigan State has more wins over the last 5 years than Michigan (156 vs. 114).
- Keith Appling is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in assists and 8th in the Big Ten in steals.
- Derrick Nix is ranked 9th in the Big Ten in rebounds.
- Michigan State has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($19,903 vs. $23,019).
- Michigan State has an average margin of victory of 12 over Michigan in 34 wins since 1980.
- Michigan State has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($37,858 vs. $47,694).
- The Michigan State rebounding leader (Adreian Payne, 204 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Michigan rebounding leader (Mitch McGary, 158 rebounds).
- Michigan State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Michigan (three vs. zero).
|A-||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||15||5||2||1||1||2|
|B+||G. Robinson III||33||11||6||1||1||0||1|