Michigan and MSU are meeting as top 10 teams for the first time ever.
MSU moved up four spots to No. 8, while Michigan dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll. In the coaches poll, Michigan is fifth and MSU is eighth.
The Spartans host the Wolverines at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Breslin Center.
“The nation’s talking about it now,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. “The state always talked about it because it is what it is. The nation’s talking about it now.
“… Both teams should be good, both teams are good this year. In my estimation this is their best team in a lot of years. They are solid in just about every position. It should make for a heck of a game. I think it’s fun to feel like the game matters in every way shape or form.”
MSU and Michigan have only met eight times as ranked teams, but this will be the third straight matchup with both in the top 25. The Spartans have won five of the eight matchups with both ranked.
MSU (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) is tied for the conference lead with Indiana entering Tuesday’s matchup. Michigan (21-3, 8-3) and Wisconsin sit a game back of the lead.
What are your predictions for tomorrow’s game?