Michigan will host Michigan State on March 3 with its students on spring break
But it might have to do so without the full support of its entire student body.
The University of Michigan begins its official spring break on March 2, just one day before the Spartans visit Crisler Center (4 p.m., CBS) -- meaning the "Maize Rage" student section could be a tad light for one of the biggest home games of the season.
It's a scheduling move Michigan (22-4, 9-4) can't do anything about, as the Wolverines weren't given any favors from the Big Ten office.
Michigan fell at Michigan State earlier this month, 75-52.
"We have so little say in (conference) scheduling," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "There's a list of criteria we try to give (the league office). I'm sure we're going to have good crowds no matter what.
"But, obviously, we've tried to schedule (bigger games) when the students are here. ... The Big Ten does a great job of scheduling, but they can't do everything the way everyone would like. But we'd obviously love to have our students here for Michigan State."
Michigan is 15-0 at home this season, and is 30-1 at the Crisler Center over the past two seasons.
The Wolverines have recorded sellouts in 12 of their 15 home games this season, and the MSU date on March 3 will likely be a sellout as well.
But it also might have a few more Spartan fans in attendance with students on break.
"Some of them might be in the Cayman Islands or something," Beilein said. "I hope when it all (ends), they wish they were here."
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