Rivalries within college sports are always heated and the match-up between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans is no different.
Over the last 10 match-ups dating back to February 2009 the series is even with each team winning five games a piece including two games on the road.
Some will say that Saturday’s game in East Lansing MI could be one of the best in recent history, as there were moments during the game that both teams were in control enough to secure the victory.
In the end clutch three-point shooting and timely free throws allowed the No. 21 ranked Wolverines to escape out of the Breslin Center with its second consecutive victory over the No. 3 ranked Spartans 80-75 — its second straight victory over the school less than 65 miles away.
But before the Wolverine players exited the court to celebrate their ninth straight victory this season, leading scorer Nik Stauskas, who finished the game with 19 points, wanted to show his appreciation for the Spartan fans by leaving them with a special gift:
There will be plenty of Spartan fans anticipating the 2015 home game against the Wolverines and Stauskas to show their appreciation for the kiss, but that’s if Stauskas is still part of the program.
There is internet speculation coming from a Sports Illustrated interview where his dad hinted at the possibility that Stauskas, a surprisingly athletic 6’6 sharpshooter, would be taking his talents to the NBA next year. The story has since been debunked by Nik himself, but one cant help but think that if he continues to play at this high level that he would be a lock for the first round in the 2014 NBA Draft, which could make it hard to say no to.