MSU, U-M rematch will once again feature two top-10 teams
It was just two weeks ago that the Spartans and Wolverines had never squared off against each other on the hardwood as a pair of top-10 teams.
Yet in a matter of days it will happen for the second time.
The Associated Press’ weekly college basketball rankings were released Monday, and after two losses last week MSU (22-6 overall, 11-4 Big Ten) slid five places from fourth to ninth.
Taking over the No. 4 spot in the polls is MSU’s in-state rival, following Michigan’s (23-4, 10-4) 71-58 victory over Illinois on Sunday.
MSU will have more than a week to prepare for the Wolverines, while U-M has to travel to State College, Penn., to square off against Penn State on Wednesday.
Sunday’s rivalry game will be a chance at redemption for the Maize and Blue, after the Spartans dominated their previous meeting two weeks ago, beating U-M 75-52, the Wolverines’ most lopsided loss of the season.