Big Ten basketball tournament championships bring Michigan/ Michigan State round III

Embed from Getty Images Michigan State has the opportunity to continue the season dominance over in state rival Michigan. This time the stakes are much higher. A number one NCAA tournament seeding is on the line. For the Wolverines they hope the third time is the charm.

The Wolverines and Spartans clashed in the Big Ten regular season just last Sunday. With Michigan State taking the second game of the seasons. The Spartans finished 2-0 vs Michigan.

The two Big Ten schools have seen each other plenty of times through the years. Now meeting for the third time in less than a month, They play for bragging rights, potential basketball recruits, Big Ten championship and a top seed and first round bye of the NCAA tournament as well. The stakes for the two schools has never been this high.

Spartans head coach Tom Izzo, is tasked with finding new wrinkles to help the Spartans hit the trifecta against Michigan. While Wolverines head coach John Beilein is going to have to do something he did not do the first two meeting. Make in-game adjustments. Something Izzo is a master of.

Michigan players are saying they have a chance for revenge. Needless to say the coach and fans will take solid play from the Maize and Blue. While Michigan State is going to have to play above their heads. It is extremely difficult to beat a team two times, let alone three.

It is hard not to lean towards Izzo and his gang of Green and White. But Michigan does have a punchers chance. It is going to be another classic game. Fouls and rebounds will be the storyline.

On a cool March, St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, two long time rivals will meet at 3:30 pm. The Big Ten’s elite. Did anyone really think it would end differently?

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