Michigan and Michigan State renew their basketball rivalry Sunday with more than state bragging rights at stake.
The top of the Big Ten has begun to separate from the rest of the league, with Michigan (14-7, 4-4) and Michigan State (12-9, 4-4) heading up that trail pack.
The Wolverines and Spartans need wins to keep pace with Wisconsin, Maryland, Purdue and Northwestern, position themselves for the Big Ten tournament and enhance their NCAA tournament chances.
Michigan State is coming off an 84-73 home loss against Purdue on Tuesday, its third loss in a row. Michigan has won three of its last four games, including a 90-60 thumping of Indiana on Thursday. The Wolverines are 0-3 on the road in conference play.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan State vs. Michigan matchup:
Michigan State vs. Michigan: game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. (ET) tip-off
Date: Sunday, Jan. 29
Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing.
The line: Michigan State is favored by 3 points.
Which TV channel station is Michigan State vs. Michigan on?
The game will be broadcast on CBS.
How can I watch Michigan State vs. Michigan online?
How can I listen to Michigan State vs. Michigan on the radio?
For Michigan State: The game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius Channel 93, XM Channel 195 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 957.
For Michigan: 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations for the U-M Radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Who is calling the Michigan State vs. Michigan game?
Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play for CBS with analyst Clark Kellogg. Will Tieman will call play-by-play with analyst Matt Steigenga and Gus Ganakas on the Spartan Sports Network. Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills on the U-M Radio Network.
Three keys to the Michigan State vs. Michigan game
Who’s helping Miles Bridges?
Michigan State’s freshman sensation had 33 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots against Purdue, but none of his teammates scored in double figures. The 33 points are a Michigan State freshman record. Bridges is averaging 21.5 points and eight rebounds in the last four games, but the Spartans haven’t been able to get consistency from a second or third scorer, be it senior guard Eron Harris or freshman forward Nick Ward.
Michigan shot 63.3 percent from the field against Indiana, continuing a streak of hot shooting. The Wolverines are shooting 51.6 percent from the field over the last five games, including making 45.1 percent of their 3-pointers. They also aren’t turning the ball over, leading the nation in fewest turnovers at 9.2 per game.
Michigan is averaging 9.3 made 3-pointers per game, and 10 times has made at least 10 3-pointers in a game. Six different players have made at least 22 3-point shots this season, with Derrick Walton Jr. (48), Duncan Robinson (38), and Zak Irvin (30) topping the list. Those three players are shooting a combined 39.7 percent from behind the arc.
Hit the boards
Neither team has been particularly good at rebounding this season but whichever one does it better on Sunday has the edge. Michigan State has just a plus-2.8 margin per game, while Michigan is being outrebounded by 0.5 boards per game. Michigan State got hurt by Purdue’s interior size, but Michigan won’t present the same challenge, even with 6-foot-10 D.J. Wilson and 6-11 Moritz Wagner in the starting lineup. Of course, if Michigan continues hitting from the outside, there won’t be many shots to rebound.