Michigan fan Phil Bates and Michigan State fan Wayne Abbott have been friends for more than 30 years. Bates, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Abbott, an East Lansing native, were proudly displaying their school colors when BigTen.org caught up with them at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Their friendship has been tested in the past when the Spartans and Wolverines have battled one another on the court, but even has recent as last Sunday, feelings were hurt when one team's actions rewarded the other with a Big Ten title.
"Between losing the last two games and giving Michigan the (Big Ten tri-) championship, it's sad," said Abbott.
Still the friends are here in attendance together and hope the brackets play out to where their two favorite teams can meet in the Big Ten Tournament final.
Should that happen, one can only wonder what that car ride back to Michigan will be like.