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Michigan spoiling for hardwood rumble with State

Ann Arbor — The student-section chant started late, and grew as Michigan wrapped up the victory.

“Beat the SPAR-TANS!”

Oddly, this had nothing to do with football, even though Denard Robinson was in the stands and football recruiting dominated the day. This had everything to do with the basketball rise in Ann Arbor, and the next big collision.

On Super Sunday, Michigan and Michigan State will conduct their own Slugfest Sunday, with the winner staying in Big Ten title contention, and the loser probably not. It might be hard to judge the full potential of both teams because Spartans leader Draymond Green is dealing with a sprained knee. But it’ll be easy to see where these programs are headed.

In a season when the Big Ten is as hotly competitive as ever — rated the No. 1 conference by the computers — the Wolverines (17-6) and Spartans (17-5) are doing something they’ve rarely done at the same time. Both are meeting or exceeding expectations, and both have the same expectations for a change.

After its 68-56 victory over Indiana, Michigan is 7-3 in the Big Ten and 13-0 at Crisler Center. Michigan State endured a hideous 42-41 loss to Illinois the other night, but is 6-3 in what was supposed to be a rebuilding challenge for Tom Izzo. Yeah, right. Izzo doesn’t rebuild, he recharges.

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