For the last fifteen years or so Michigan State has dominated the State of Michigan when it comes to college hoops. Spartans coach Tom Izzo has built one of the most successful programs in the nation and when you talk basketball in the Great Lakes State, Sparty comes first – but that may be changing.
When Michigan hired John Beilein back in 2007 they were hoping his success would help the Wolverines return to the glory years.
The Wolverines are a perfect 16-0 at home this season, but after being embarrassed back on Feb. 12 in East Lansing 75-52, Michigan knows this game means a lot, even though they are NCAA bound.
Indiana sits one game ahead of Michigan State and two ahead of Michigan as of now in the Big Ten standings, but the Hoosiers take on Iowa Saturday, a team they should beat.
Assuming the Hoosiers win, they will be up two games on M.S.U. and two and half on the Wolverines.
If either one of these teams want to catch Indiana, they know that Sunday is a must win. The Wolverines have the remaining schedule in their favor if they can win out as they face No. 1 Indiana in the final game of the season at home.
The Las Vegas line as of Mar. 2 on this game according to Vegas insider has Michigan as a 5 point favorite and the over/under number is set at 132.
Both teams have been stumbling down the stretch but home court seems to mean a lot in the Big Ten.
Michigan gets the win Sunday and moves to a perfect 17-0 at home.