Big Ten Tournament Championship: Michigan vs. Michigan State Preview

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The number-one seed Michigan Wolverines will have their third meeting and a chance for a complete sweep with the number-three seed Michigan State Spartans this afternoon in Indianapolis as they play for the Big Ten Tournament Championship.  This match-up truly holds everything on the line with both teams being healthy and in full force despite the injury of Mitch McGary.

Some write off the conference tournament as not being important, but that is not the case today. Michigan is playing for a potential one-seed in the NCAA Tournament, while Tom Izzo and the Spartans are looking to keep their momentum going and prepare for another deep run in March.

This will be the first time in the Big Ten Tournament that the Wolverines will face the Spartans. According to VegasInsider.com, the Spartans are a two-and-a-half point favorite to beat Michigan in today‚Äôs match-up at 3:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. But, with a rivalry like this; all bets are off. 

The Wolverines beat the Spartans in the first two regular season games, winning 80-75 in East Lansing and 79-70 in Ann Arbor. but this is the first match-up that the Spartans will have their full lineup.  MSU forward Branden Dawson missed both games due to a hand injury and center Adreian Payne missed the first game in East Lansing.  With the Spartans healthy and the Wolverines firing on all cylinders, this will be one exciting game.

The Spartans will be looking for revenge as well as winning their fourth Big Ten tournament and first since 2012, while the Wolverines being undefeated against their rival Spartans will be looking to sweep and win their second-ever Big Ten tournament title and first since 1998.
Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.