DETROIT – The winner of this weekend's Michigan-Michigan State basketball game will earn at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title and be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
When Tuesday night's hoops slate began, the Wolverines and Spartans sat one loss behind Purdue in the standings, but after the Boilermakers were upset at Minnesota, the Michigan schools are in the driver's seat.
For two teams ranked in the top 10 in the AP, NET and Kenpom rankings, it feels right that a highly anticipated head-to-head matchup will determine who finishes atop the Big Ten standings.
It will be the second meeting between the two teams in the span of two weeks. Michigan State went into Ann Arbor on Feb. 24 and upset Michigan on its own court. The Spartans looked like the much better team and cruised to a 77-70 victory with a dominant final 10 minutes.