The first in-state meeting between these rivals scheduled for Jan. 8 in Michigan has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns with the Wolverines. Since then, they’ve been moving in opposite directions, with Michigan now on its first three-game winning streak of the season and the No. 10 Spartans having lost two of their last three as they prepare to tangle on Saturday on CBS.
If the Wolverines (10-7, 4-3 Big Ten) are going to get on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, however, a road win against a ranked opponent would certainly help. To date, Michigan is just 2-6 against Quad 1 and Quad 2 opposition, even after picking up wins over Maryland, Indiana and the Northwest over the past two weeks.
Michigan State (15-4, 6-2) has had its ups and downs lately, starting with a surprising home loss to Northwestern on Jan. 15, which the Spartans followed up with a then-convincing win. 8 Wisconsin last Friday. Most recently, the Wolverines lost 56-55 to an Illinois team playing arguably their two best players.
So, are these Spartans Big Ten title contenders, or are they the team we picked to finish sixth in the league in October? Their performance against a surging rival should help shed some light on what should be a heated affair between Michigan and Michigan State.
How to watch Michigan State vs. Michigan live
Dated: Saturday January 29 | Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Site: Breslin Center — East Lansing, Michigan
TV: SCS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app
Michigan State vs Michigan prediction, picks
Featured Game | Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan appears to be gaining confidence as the Wolverines enjoy their first three-game winning streak of the season behind improved play by freshman winger Caleb Houstan. The Spartans have lost two of their last three games and will need a strong performance from Big Ten Freshman of the Year candidate Max Christie. Ultimately, Michigan State should win an end due to home-court advantage. Prediction: Michigan State 74, Michigan 72
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