Isn't it interesting how you can be bitter rivals one minute and holding hands in unity the next. That is what is happening tomorrow, Saturday, at U of M and Crisler Center when Michigan plays Michigan State in Big Ten Basketball.

Michigan State University athletics decided to play this weekend— including the men's basketball rivalry game against University of Michigan. The athletes all said getting back on the floor, field, whatever, would be a healing process and we all know they certainly need that.

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However, the really cool thing about the game tomorrow night is U of M Athletics planned moments to show love and promote healing at the game.

Fox 17 reported that in a tweet Thursday night the university announced specially designed gear for players, Maize Rage & student ticket holders, an extended moment of silence (about 30 seconds), and a "Spartan Strong" flag in the Maize Rage section.

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Fox17/Michigan's Men's Basketball

That just doesn't happen, but this is a very different situation and moment, and for U of M folks to do that shows so much understanding and respect for their Big Ten state rival and what MSU has been going through with the shootings earlier this week.

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During the moment of silence, the Crisler Center will be lit in Green & White using programmable LED wristbands given to fans at the door. Amazing!

The Wolverine pep band is also in the process of learning the MSU alma mater to perform at the game. More amazing!

The game was originally planned around celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Wolverine's 2013 run to the Final Four and national title game, and those events are still happening. Former coach John Beilein, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, and Spike Albrecht will be in attendance, among others.

Tomorrow night's game will truly be an amazing night.


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