Michigan honors MSU victims in a heartfelt pregame ceremony before MSU’s first game back since a tragic shooting


MSU and Michigan fans shake hands.

Liam Korte and Sam McMann

Michigan played Michigan State in Ann Arbor. It was Michigan State’s first game back since the tragic shooting in East Lansing on February 13.  Before the game, Michigan held a moment of silence to honor the victims. 

Michigan’s band also played the MSU alma mater “Shadows” before the game. All of the fans in attendance got colorful wristbands that glowed green to show their support for MSU. The student section had shirts that said “Michigan Basketball Stands With MSU”. During the moment of silence the student section held a banner that read “Spartan Strong”. 

As Michigan fans, we believe UofM did a great job of honoring MSU, it was cool to see rivals support each other in tough times. 

Mrs. Horvath watched the game from her home and saw a Michigan Student holding a sign that said, “Love you brother” with the “little” crossed out. Mrs. Horvath thought that was pretty cool. 

West teacher and avid Michigan State fan, Mrs. Horvath, when asked about how she felt Michigan handled the situation she says, “Michigan was very classy” and that “the Michigan student body was very empathetic” when asked if Michigan should have done more she stated, “It isn’t Michigan’s responsibility to support MSU, but Michigan did a good job of it”.   

After the ceremony, there was a great game. The final score was 84-72 going Michigan’s way. Dug McDaniel led the way for Michigan with 18 points. Kobe Bufkin added another 17 points. Joey Hauser led the way for the Spartans with 20 points. Malik Hall had 14 points. The game was tied at 72 with 2:06 remaining in the game. Michigan then went on a 12-0 run over the final 2:06. Kobe Bufkin hit a tough three in the corner. Dug McDaniel then found Hunter Dickinson at the top of the key for another three. Michigan then made some free throws and the game ended.