There is no love lost between Michigan and Michigan State, but the two programs respect one another. Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh took that sentiment to another level Monday afternoon.

Asked about Dantonio’s coaching performance during Michigan State’s down season, Harbaugh offered supreme praise for his counterpart.

After the Spartans shocked the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season, Harbaugh is probably right to laud Michigan State. And despite MSU’s rough campaign, Dantonio has done admirable work in East Lansing. Since taking over as head coach in 2007, the Spartans have won 11 or more games five times.

Michigan and Michigan State will square off this Saturday afternoon at noon ET.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.