Michigan State basketball plays Michigan on Saturday, March 3. The Spartans are ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest AP Top 25 poll and the Wolverines are No. 15.
Find game time, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.
The Spartans have been considered one of the favorites to cut down the nets at the end of the season all year long and are the No. 1-seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The team had to beat Wisconsin on Friday to move onto the semifinal round. Michigan, the No. 5-seed in the tournament, defeated No. 4-seeded Nebraska on Friday.
Michigan State-Michigan basketball: Time, game information
Michigan State and Michigan play at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 3.
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, March 3
- TV Channel: CBS
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
How can I watch the Michigan State-Michigan basketball game online?
Michigan State and Michigan will be televised on CBS. You can watch the game online through cbssports.com.
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Michigan State-Michigan basketball preview
One matchup between these two teams just wasn’t enough. Of course, as the seeding revealed by season’s end, the potential matchup between Michigan State-Michigan proved to be possible in the semifinal round and it played out exactly that way.
The Spartans defeated No. 9-seeded Wisconsin to get to the Wolverines, while Michigan defeated No. 4-seeded Nebraska. In the regular season, the Spartans and Wolverines played each other once, and on Jan. 13, Michigan went on the road and beat Michigan State, 82-72.
The 83 points scored against the Spartans marked the third most allowed by Tom Izzo’s team this season. Izzo’s group goes into the game against Michigan with a 29-3 record, while the Wolverines are 26-7.
The 10-point defeat at the hands of the Wolverines was the last time the Spartans lost this season. In that contest, Michigan State held a three-point lead at halftime, but Michigan’s offense caught fire in the second half, scoring 48 points.
Moritz Wagner led all scorers with 27, while Spartans forwards Miles Bridges and Jared Jackson Jr. each put in 19 a piece. Michigan also dominated the turnover battle, only turning it over seven times compared to Michigan State’s 18.
Since the loss, the Spartans have won their last 13 games. The only ranked team within that stretch was Purdue — a game in which the Spartans won, 68-65.
Last season, when the two teams played each other, the matchups were split, as each team won once.
Depending on what happens in other conference tournaments around the country over the next week, this game and the Big Ten Tournament itself could determine which seed Michigan State will have for the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the game against the Wolverines, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Spartans as the No. 2-seed in the Midwest Region.
The No. 1-seed in that region would be Xavier, and if Michigan State can go on to win the Big Ten Tournament, that could be enough to push the Spartans into No. 1-seed discussion if they already are not there.