Re: Better program? - Michigan or Michigan State
Judge for yourself.
MSU - 2 championships
U of M - 1 championship
MSU - 8 Final Fours
U of M - 7* (5) Final Fours
MSU - 17 Sweet 16s
U of M - 12 Sweet 16s
MSU - 3 Big Ten Tournament Championships
U of M - 1* (0) Big Ten Tournament Championships
MSU - 13 Big Ten Regular Season Championships
U of M - 13 Big Ten Regular Season Championships
MSU - 38 NBA players; most notably: Magic, Z-Bo, Steve Smith, Kevin Willis, Jason Richardson
U of M - 41 NBA players; most notably: Webber, Rice, Tomjanovich, Crawford, Rose
Notable MSU college players: Johnny Green, Magic Johnson, Scott Skiles, Shawn Respert, Mateen Cleaves
Notable U of M college players: Chris Webber, Bill Buntin, Rudy Tomjanovich, Glen Rice, Cazzie Russell
MSU has Magic, Cleaves, and Izzo.
U of M has the Fab 5, Russell, and Strack.
In terms of recent history (say, the last decade), I'm willing to bet MSU by a good deal. Not going to check.
In terms of recruiting, not sure either. Izzo seemed to be on a big roll lately, but his last class is weak and I know for a fact that he was aiming for a huge 2014 class (Jones, Alexander, etc) and it's not materializing at all. It's crazy how he could spend so much time on those prospects and he might not land a single one. Not sure what happened in 2013, there might be a good reason for that. The 2014 one I was talking to an assistant coach at an AAU tournament and that came up. Don't really come across Michigan recruiting other than Booker and McGary. Although I noticed someone on their staff has this uncanny ability to find a low ranked PG that dominates in college early in their career.
Not a fan of either program so I could be off on the players and recruiting. The other stuff I stole right off wikipedia.