Spartans, Wolverines to meet as top 10 teams for first time ever

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?

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14 Responses to Spartans, Wolverines to meet as top 10 teams for first time ever

  1. avatar msu76 says:

    Guess who something called the Bleacher Report (the new sports cite on CNN.com) has as the new #1? Hint: it’s a school on the banks of the Red Cedar. Frankly, #1 seems high, but just the same, 8 feels too low.

    What the hey, though. In 4 weeks today’s rankings won’t mean a thing!

  2. avatar Clubber Lang says:

    I predict Payne [for the Wolverines.]

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The reason this is the first top 10 match up, Brian, is that Paris hasn’t been ranked in the top 10 since Cazzie Russell played Bill Bradley. Remember folks the Bribery Years are null and void.

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    I think Coach Izzo’s style wins over the Paris Hiltons. Surrounding a mediocre big with 3 wings and a point guard doesn’t win anything in the B1G. We’ll dominate the boards (unless all the missed 3′s they throw up clang long). The Freshman trying to cover BJ is in for a long night and who’s going to cover AP? Robinson?

    I’ve heard it said elsewhere and want to repeat it here, I hope we don’t get anti – homer set of officials who wants to show that the B1G officiating isn’t biased so that when the game is over I/we don’t feel the officiating had any thing to do with the win. (likewise, if the refs are homers, I’ll be the 1st to acknowledge that because you know the B1G front office will want at least the same at Edsel Arena)

    • avatar jerseyjohn says:

      if we get valentine don’t even watch..he is the anti-homer.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Marine what do you think of Izzos statement that missing Trice is more of an impact than anyone else off the bench as Trice was key to neutralizing the gulos perimeter quickness? Do you think that Valentine can match his defensive quickness when he is in there?

      • avatar MAB says:

        This is where you miss having a guy like Mike Kebler to bring off the bench who could give you 10 minutes of good defense on a quick guard.

  5. avatar msu76 says:

    I say we win a close one. I do think we better guard the 3 point line, as I believe their shooters are due. Maybe we should fight fire with fire and shoot the long ball ourselves. Shoot it, AP! (and Gary, and Keith)

    • avatar MAB says:

      We should only be shooting a lot of 3s if UM plays a lot of zone or if they are doubling down in the post and we’re getting open looks off of kick outs. With our advantage in the post, we need to play inside out.

  6. avatar Trophy says:

    MSU 68 – um 60

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      This game is important enough that I am going downtown tonight to watch the game in the alumni bar where Trophy and I saw the gulos go down to defeat in 2011. The spirit of Trophy still lingers there as I have seen 20 ounce coors lights on the bar open them selves and drain their liquid in the air whenever Spartans score on Gulos

      MSU 69
      WEgone 68

  7. avatar mysondave says:

    A normal night from Appling and Harris and continued excellent FT shooting from Payne, Nix and hopefully Dawson will delivered a victory for the Spartans. We should get an abundant amount of FTs if the guards get it to our bigs. Go Green. PS Foul out McGary!!

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