Michigan vs Michigan State among top local matchups

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Last weekend on New Year’s Eve saw great in-state NCAA basketball matchups of No. 5 Arizona defeating Arizona state by nine and No. 18 TCU beating Texas Tech by six. There was also an under-the-radar game between two in-state schools in Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara which resulted in a three-point victory for the Gaels over the Broncos.

Oregon also defeated their in-state rival Oregon State and Kentucky defeated their biggest in-state rival as well by beating Louisville by 23. This weekend looks to have some good, quality in-state matchups as well.

Once again this week, we will look at the marquee games that will be held among power five conference teams and five traditional in-state rivals.

Matchup

Central Michigan Chippewas Basketball

6-8

Eastern Michigan Eagles Basketball

3-11

Team Profiles heading into this game

Chippewas

Central Michigan

Best Wins: at Michigan(63-61) and Eastern Illinois (76-60)

Notable Defeats: At Marquette (73-97), at Minnesota (60-68), at Tulsa (63-70), at Missouri State (58-79), and Youngstown State (65-76)

KenPom Ranking: 258

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 280

Sagarin Ranking: 257

Net Ranking: 249

Quadrant 1 Wins: Zero

Quadrant 2 Victories: One

Quadrant 3 Wins: Zero

Eagles

Eastern Michigan

Best Wins: At Florida International (80-68) and Detroit Mercy (79-77)

Notable Defeats: Michigan (83-88), at Bradley (61-89), Flordia Atlantic (73-101), at South Carolina (64-74), and Purdue Fort Wayne (67-74)

KenPom Ranking: 320

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 329

Sagarin Ranking: 303

Net Ranking: 323

Quadrant 1 Wins: Zero

Quadrant 2 Victories: Zero

Quadrant 3 Wins: Zero

Rivalry History and Game Prediction

Last 10 games of this rivalry: The Eagles have won six out of the last ten games against the Chippewas.

Current Win Streak: Eastern Michigan has won the last two games between these two schools, having a two-game winning streak in this rivalry.

The last meeting between both schools: The Eagles defeated the Chippewas on the road by a final score of 75-70.

Prediction: Eastern Michigan 90 Central Michigan 92 OT

Matchup

Miami (OH) RedHawks Basketball

6-8

Kent State Golden Flashes Basketball

11-3

Saturday, Jan 7

3:30 PM ET

Team Profiles heading into this game

Golden Flashes

Kent State

Best Wins: Portland (77-65), South Dakota State (83-68), at Cleveland State (67-58), New Mexico State (73-63), and at UTEP (47-46)

Notable Defeats: At Charleston (72-74), at Houston (44-49), and at Gonzaga (66-73)

KenPom Ranking: 66

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 71

Sagarin Ranking: 62

NET Ranking: 38

Quadrant 1 Wins: Zero

Quadrant 2 Victories: Zero

Quadrant 3 Wins: Four

RedHawks

Miami of Ohio

Best Wins: Jackson State (95-78) and at Bellarmine (71-67)

Notable Defeats: At Georgia (70-77), Marshall (69-95), Indiana (56-86), Indiana State (61-88), and at Cincinnati (76-103)

KenPom Ranking: 302

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 294

Sagarin Ranking: 293

NET Ranking: 325

Quadrant 1 Wins: Zero

Quadrant 2 Victories: Zero

Quadrant 3 Wins: Zero

Rivalry History and Game Prediction

Last 10 games of this rivalry: The Golden Flashes have won eight out of the last ten games against the RedHawks.

Current Win Streak: Kent State has won the last five games between these two schools, having a five-game winning streak in this rivalry.

The last meeting between both schools: The Golden Flashes defeated the RedHawks on the neutral court by a final score of 85-75.

Prediction: Kent State 85 Miami (OH) 63

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