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The Big Ten still has four more regular season games to finish Sunday before the conference tournament competition – which begins Wednesday in Chicago – is final.

But the big question is: when can the state of Michigan and Michigan see each other again? (Agree, after two heavy defeats against the Spartans this season, including Saturday night's 75-63 loss, UM fans might not be as eager to play in the three rounds as the MSU fans.)

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Here's what we know: Spartans are the number one seed of the Big Ten; they will not play until 12:30 pm Friday, when they face the winner of Thursday's 8th / 9th match, Ohio State / Indiana, who will play Sunday's game.

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The Wolverines, meanwhile, are the third seed and, on the other side of the bracket, they start their Big Ten race around 21:30. Friday. They will face either Seed No. 6 (Iowa), Seed No. 11 (Illinois) or, with a bonkers, Seed No. 14 in the Northwest.

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Michigan State Guard, Cassius Winston, faces Michigan guard Zavier Simpson on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Winston scored 23 points as the Spartans won 75-63 to win a share of the Big Ten regular season title. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Assuming the top-seeded seeds are the winners, MSU will face No. 4 seed Wisconsin on Saturday and U-M will face No. 2 seed Purdue with a spot in the final on Sunday.

In all, UM and MSU are only two wins from another rematch at the United Center in Chicago on CBS, with perhaps a No. 1 seed on the line – this time in the tournament of the NCAA.

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(And if we do not get it then, it's unlikely to happen before the second week of the NCAA tournament, thanks to the conference placement rules followed by the committee.)

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