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Michigan State vs. Oakland: 2023 college basketball game preview and Prediction

These two in-state schools will play one another Monday night as the Golden Grizzlies look to pull off the upset.

Oakland v Michigan State
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6-5. BTN. 486. Big Ten vs. Horizon League matchup. 2384. Monday, Dec. 18 . Michigan State vs. Oakland. 5-5. 7 PM EST

Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, both schools mutually agreed to a six-year-long deal to prolong the continuous series between Michigan State and Oakland.

Some Oakland fans are a little irritated as the series was supposed to alternate yearly between Little The Breslin Center, the home of Michigan State in East Lansing, and the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit but Michigan State played Baylor at the LCA this past weekend, so the game against Oakland for this season will be played in East Lansing again like last season.

The series between these two programs unfortunately for Oakland University has been one-sided in favor of the Spartans. Michigan State has won all 21 games between these two teams, going back all the way to 1998.

Despite the Spartans having a commanding lead in this series between these two schools, the games between the Golden Grizzlies and Michigan State are mostly competitive, especially when the games are not being played on the Spartan's home court. Unfortunately for Oakland, this game will in consecutive years be played at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. The Golden Grizzlies have been competitive against Michigan State throughout the seasons, losing by only six points in overtime in 2015, four points in 2013, and by only one in 2010.

For the 21 games that have been played between these two programs since 1998 here is the series record: The Spartans have won all of its games against the Golden Grizzlies having a 21-0 record in this in-state series.

The current winning streak: Michigan State has won the last 21 games between these two teams, having an impressive twenty-one-game winning streak in this series.

The last time these two schools played one another: The Spartans defeated the Golden Grizzlies on their home court by a final score of 67-54.

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Final Score Prediction: Michigan State defeats Oakland by a final score of 81-72