The Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry is a college basketball competition between Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball and Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball that’s part of the larger intrastate competition involving the University of Michigan and Michigan State University that is over a broad spectrum of endeavors including their overall athletic programs: Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. On the field, the athletic competition comprises the Paul Bunyan Trophy and the Michigan–Michigan State ice hockey rivalry, but extends to almost all sports and several different forms of accomplishment. Both teams are members of the Big Ten Conference. The competition was evidenced both to the court and off the court. Among the off the court elements of this competition, recruiting of basketball ability has resulted in battles, the most noteworthy of which turned into the University of Michigan Football scandal, the analysis of which started when both colleges sought the professional services of Mateen Cleaves.
Michigan currently leads the show, which started on January 9, 1909. As a consequence of the Big Ten moving to 11 teams with the inclusion of Penn State, teams were not guaranteed two games against every other. Accordingly, the schools opted to play one game that didn’t count as a conference game in 1997. Whenever the Big Ten went into a 20-game conference program in 2018–19, the conference declared that the teams would always play each other two in every season.
A 1996 rollover injury throughout Michigan’s recruitment of Mateen Cleaves led to a long investigation surrounding the University of Michigan basketball scandal. Cleaves finally matriculated at Michigan State.
Regardless of the intense rivalry for basketball recruits and resources along with the intensity of the competition in different sports, the rivalry hadn’t been extreme (as quantified by rankings) on the basketball court until the 2010s when the teams met seven days in a row as rated opponents.
On February 12, 2013, for the first time in the show’ 170-game history, dating back to 1909, the teams met while both were rated in the Top 10. The Spartans (20–4, 9–two Big Ten) were rated No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, while the Wolverines (21–3, 8–3 Big Ten) came in ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches poll. Michigan State won the game at the Breslin Center, 75–52. The next month, both teams were once again ranked in the Top 10, this time Michigan was on the winning end of a match played in the Crisler Center, by a score of 58–57.
Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2012, Gary Harris, and 2013 Indiana Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin were teammates in Hamilton Southeastern High School, but Irvin signed with Michigan later Harris had united Michigan State. The two were best friends from third grade through high school and even wagered on the January 17, 2012 match in high school after both had dedicated to distinct basketball programs, with Harris having to use Maize and Blue for a day consequently.