ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Slumped in a leather chair in the old Michigan locker room inside the Crisler Center late Tuesday night, Draymond Green was the last Michigan State player to take off his jersey.
He was the last to make it into the showers, too. He takes the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry more personally than most, plays with more heart and passion than most. So after the No. 19 Wolverines knocked off his ninth-ranked Spartans, the senior vowed not to let it happen again as Michigan has won three straight in the series.
"They won three. Before that, how many how had they won?" Green said. "They got their little three, but they come to East Lansing in a few weeks.
"They better celebrate this one, because I can guarantee you they won’t get one in East Lansing. You can quote me on that one."
Michigan State plays Michigan again on Feb. 5 in East Lansing. Less than 15 minutes after Tuesday night's game ended and Green had missed a potential game-winner with seconds left, he already knew when the teams would play again.
And he said he's already focused on it and circling it as a critical game.
"Everybody can circle it," Green said. "Because I can guarantee you, to come in there and get a win, it's going to take a lot. So celebrate this one. Be happy with it. February 5th."