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Michigan basketball will honor MSU community and victims on Saturday

After Monday’s tragic shooting, the Wolverines will honor the MSU community during Saturday’s game.



Mar 1, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Joey Hauser (10) shoots in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes, as die-hard fans, we can lose sight of what is truly important in life. As of late, the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State has gotten heated — both on the field/court and between fans. That all changed on Monday, when there was a tragic shooting at Michigan State University, which killed three students and critically injured five more. This weekend, Michigan basketball is set to host the Spartans for their second meeting of the season, and as the University of Michigan has been doing all week, the Wolverines plan on uplifting their in-state brothers from East Lansing.

Michigan basketball will honor Michigan State community at Crisler Center

The Michigan basketball program knows that, on top of the eyes of fans and members of the community, the nation will be watching this weekend. Saturday will be the first time that the Spartans have taken the court since the shooting, and they will have a lot on the line seeing as they will face their in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines. For this event, the Wolverines have some special plans to honor Michigan State. Here is what is on Michigan’s agenda:

  • Specially designed team warm-up shirts for the team.
  • 2,000 specially designed t-shirts for Maize Rage & student ticket holders.
  • A 30 second moment of silence.
  • A 12×8 foot “Spartan Strong” Flag in the Maize Rage student section.
  • The U-M Pep Band learning, and performing, MSU’s alma mater.
  • Lighting Crisler Center Green & White during the moment of silence using programmable LED wristbands distributed to all fans upon entry.

The game will also serve as the Wolverines’ annual “Maize Out” game, and the 2013 Final Four/National title game team (including coach John Beilein) will be honored at halftime for the 10-year anniversary of that season.

This weekend is more than just a basketball game between two schools, it is a coming together moment between former enemies. Two universities that sit less than an hour apart will face off on the court, though as a community, the bond has never been tighter.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.