In the final moments of host Michigan’s 86-57 win against Michigan State at the Crisler Center on Tuesday, Wolverines fans added insult to injury by chanting “little brother” at their in-state rival.
And here come the "little brother" chants …
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) February 8, 2017
"Little Brother" chant has erupted with the few remaining fans inside Crisler Center.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 8, 2017
And the "Little Brother" chant begins from the Crisler crowd.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 8, 2017
All 5,000 fans left are chanting "Little Brother" at MSU.
— Jeremy Warnemuende (@JSWarno247) February 8, 2017
The chant refers to the perception that Michigan State is the little brother to Michigan within the state. The “little brother” jab began in 2007 when Michigan RB Mike Hart compared the Spartans to a little brother and has been used in the decade since to demean Michigan State.