Michigan State Basketball: 3 most unlikable Michigan players since 2000

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Michigan and Michigan State basketball don’t exactly get along and these Wolverine players have gotten under Spartan fans’ skin.

Michigan State fans cannot stand Michigan. The feeling is mutual, though, and for years, the Spartans only had that massive hatred for the Wolverines on the gridiron. That has slowly shifted over to the hardwood over the past decade thanks to the program’s resurgence under John Beilein.

Although Beilein was a likable coach and someone who all Michigan State fans could say they respected, he built teams that were absolutely hated.

Plenty of Michigan players have come through the system over the years to just drive Michigan State fans and players nuts and that won’t change just because Beilein is gone. Juwan Howard is in town and he’s recruiting at a higher level and that could mean there will be more guys who feel like Michigan State is “little brother” coming through Ann Arbor.

Everyone loves a good rivalry though and no one can knock what this one has given fans over the years. There have been a ton of great games, plenty of bad blood, some trash talking and fans and players just going at it. These two programs don’t like each other, but the respect is there.

But if you had to pick three players who you would consider the “most unlikable” since 2000 from Michigan, who would they be? Here are mine.

Honorable Mention: Ignas Brazdeikas, Jordan Morgan, Charles Matthews, Spike Albrecht, Nik Stauskas