Michigan beat Michigan State 60-59 in another exciting basketball game between the two programs. The Wolverines have beaten the Spartans three straight times and pulled even with them in the loss column in Big Ten play.
It is not North Carolina-Duke yet, nor will it ever be, but it is exciting. So has Michigan closed the gap? Yep.
Is Michigan the better basketball program? Nope.
If you apply the same standards in basketball that you do in football then there is no other answer. Michigan State has beaten Michigan four straight times in football and in all four cases the Spartans were clearly the better team on the field. However, Michigan fans hold steady in their belief that Michigan is the better program because of tradition. If those rules apply in football then you must apply them in basketball.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has a national title, six Final Fours and several Big Ten titles. Michigan coach John Beilein has none. In fact Michigan has not won a Big Ten regular season title since 1986. MSU won titles in 2009 and 2o1o. There cannot be a double standard here.
If Michigan is better in football because of tradition then State is the better program in basketball because of tradition.
Of course you are allowed to disagree. What do you think?