This has been something that I have been thinking about for awhile and only seen brushed over in debate on the MGoBoard. I mentioned it as a discussion thread and was encouraged to post.
We all know who our #1 football rival is. There is an actual debate about whether MSU is a football rival (IMO yes). However, who do you consider to be our #1 rival in basketball? If you'd like to include hockey and other sports I'd be happy to see this included.
Basketball- In my opinion, I see MSU as at least as strong of rival as OSU in Bball. When we were going through our well documented strugles in Bball one of the considerations was how poorly we played and how seldomly we won against Sparty. Also, MSU has had consistent success over the past decade and recently their championships/Final Four are something to aspire to.
Hockey- To me this isn't as close. MSU is the biggest rival. This is who we played at Michigan Stadium, this is the important one as hockey is (IMO) more important in the state of Michigan than further south (yes, even 1 state further south)
Soccer- Heck, we have a rivalry trophy win 1 team and 1 team only
Lacrosse- Varsity for too short of time. Athletic departments trying to start one with OSU & PSU (Creator's Trophy)
I must add the disclaimer that I grew up in SE Michigan and my high school was the #1 feeder school to MSU, so this changes how I see the rivalry (also my roomate after undergrad was a MSU alum).
Last thought, those of you who say beating MSU in Bball isn't important, you will be remembered for joyous/butthurt reaction to outcome of tomorrows game.