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Historic hoops, MSU battles Michigan on the hardwood

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EAST LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

For the first time in this historic series rivalry, the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will play each other with both teams ranked in the Top 10.

Michigan enters the matchup at 21-3 and ranked No. 4 in the latest AP college basketball poll. The Spartans are 20-4 and ranked No. 8 in the poll.

Michigan State has dominated the rivalry in recent years, winning 19 out of the past 25 meetings. The Spartans won the last game 64-54 in February of last year.

This is the first time since 1998 that the Wolverines are ranked higher in the polls than Michigan State.

Michigan is coming off a 65-62 overtime loss in Wisconsin on Saturday.  The Spartans beat 78-65 win at Purdue on Saturday.

Michigan State is currently tied atop the Big Ten standings with Indiana.  Michigan is a game back of both the Spartans and the Hoosiers.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. from the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

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