After two seasons of meeting just once on the hardwood, Michigan State and Michigan will provide fans and alumni with a double-dose of the epic rivalry, with the first contest slated for Tuesday night in Ann Arbor. The first-place Spartans are riding on an eight-game win streak, fresh off a come-from-behind victory at Minnesota on Saturday while the Wolverines have dropped their last two Big Ten matches since toppling No. 15-ranked UConn on Jan. 17.
Michigan's leading scorer Manny Harris (19.2 ppg.) returns to the lineup for the Maize and Blue (10-9, 3-4) after enduring a one-game suspension during Saturday's matchup against Purdue. The junior guard will look to tag team with U-M leading rebounder DeShawn Sims (7.6 rpg.) who owns a Big Ten-leading 20.9 point average in conference-only games on the year.
MSU (17-3, 7-0) is 4-2 in road contests this season. With wins at Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota, the Spartans have extended their Big Ten road slate to 11-1, dating back to last season for the first time in school history. Junior point guard Kalin Lucas (15.8 ppg.) has showcased his ability to lead on the road in conference play, averaging a team-best 19.0 points per game in conference road contests this season.
Michigan leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 91-72, including a 56-28 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor. However, MSU has won 16 of the last 19 meetings between the two rivals, including six of nine in Crisler Arena.
Series History: Michigan leads, 91-72
NORTHWESTERN at MINNESOTA | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
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Minnesota and Northwestern are set to clash for first time this season on Tuesday at Williams Arena. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine and Bob Ford on the call.
Northwestern (14-5, 3-4) comes to the Twin Cities on the heels of a 73-68 victory over Illinois in Evanston last Saturday. A victory Tuesday would propel NU back to .500 in Big Ten play and would mark the team's second conference road win. The Wildcats will try to build their case for an NCAA bid as they enter their eighth of 10 straight games against 2009 NCAA Tournament participants in Big Ten action.
Minnesota enters Tuesday's contest after suffering a heartbreaking 65-64 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. The Gophers (12-7, 3-4) led for most of the game as Lawrence Westbrook and Devoe Johnson piloted the team with 16 points apiece. Westbrook leads the Gophers' balanced scoring attack with an average of 13.4 points per contest. Blake Hoffarber also contributes 11.1 tallies per outing and leads the Big Ten with a .486 shooting percentage from behind the arc.
Last season, Northwestern and Minnesota split their regular season series with each team winning on its home court. The Gophers won the rubber match in the Big Ten Tournament, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 66-53. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 88-57, which dates back to 1909.
Series History: Minnesota leads, 88-57