Coach Tom Izzo is ready to lead the Spartan Men into Battle against that OTHER school from this great State.

Coach Tom Izzo is ready to lead the Spartan Men into Battle against that OTHER school from this great State.

The Michigan State-Michigan sports rivalry is a thing of passion. Whatever side of this war your loyalties fall upon passions run deep. From basketball to football to ice hockey the athletic programs of these Big Ten Universities have a long history of gripping battles. The rivalry changes tone over the years of course. Sometimes a mini-dynasty will occur when a particular school has a solid run of wins over the other in a given sport, but before long a tipping point is reached, and the other side comes roaring back. U of M's football dominance is well noted, but in recent years Michigan State has had a stronger overall program. Michigan State basketball has owned U of M basketball in recent memory, but now the Wolverine basketball team is having a surprisingly strong 2013. That's why I'm particularly excited to be going to the next match-up between these two, as the Spartans and Wolverines face off for Men's Basketball bragging rights this next Tuesday, February 12th at the Breslin Center. You can bet the crowd will be into it full-force, as rarely have these two teams ever met up with so much at stake. Both teams are nationally ranked and both teams are vying for control of the highly-competitive Big Ten Conference.

If you can't tell already, I'm a hardcore Spartan fan. And when it comes to basketball, I take the frame of mind that if we're going to face U of M, we SHOULD always win. No matter whom they have or who we have, I like my chances to come out on top. Let's put it this way, they can have their history - I guess that's the Fab 5 from the 1980's and the following NCAA violations that stripped the entire era - but I'm proud to have ours. Michigan State Basketball history includes Steve Smith, Mateen Cleaves, Scott Skiles and of course, Magic Johnson. Just talking about both sides gets me fired up and that's what rivalries are all about. That's why I can't wait for that jump ball at the game Thursday. Let's make a little more history, with a big win by the Green and White. I'm hoping for a battle, that's what makes rivalries so great.