We all know Michigan State’s Draymond Green is a leader and we all know that this is his team.
But if Green is going to leave MSU as a legend, that legend needs to really take shape today against Michigan, a team the Spartans have lost to three straight times.
And he’ll have to do it with a bum knee.
Green’s injury may be an issue, but he said this weekend that only “death” would keep him out his final home game against the Wolverines.
There’s no doubt that Green understands the rivalry and he wants nothing more than to end the losing streak against Michigan.
“They hate us, and we hate them,” he said. “Or they might dislike us, but we hate them.”
And yes, he said more than that:
“You want to see the football team beat Michigan,” he said. “As you keep growing, you want to see field hockey beat Michigan and wrestling and chess — and everybody else beat Michigan. It definitely grows. Then, you personally in basketball want to beat them more.”
Green had his shot to beat Michigan on Jan. 17. He took the last shot that clanked off the back of the rim, sending Sparty home with a 60-59 loss.
So will today’s game in East Lansing be any different? That all depends on Green.
His legacy depends on it.
No. 22 Michigan (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten) at No. 9 Michigan State (17-5, 6-3)
- Time: 1 p.m.
- TV: CBS
- Line: Spartans by 8.5 points.