In their own words
Players’ thoughts on top moments in their rivalries and more
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• Who is your team’s biggest rival and why?
But the biggest reason this rivalry has lasted, I believe, is the competitiveness created by two programs -- close in proximity with a tradition of excellence on the basketball court -- that continue to battle year after year to win championships and be the best Division III basketball program.
• What moment and from when is your best memory against Hope?
It was a process for me to realize the magnitude of the rivalry. My high school coach played basketball at Hope and had always talked to me about the Rivalry, so I knew a little bit about it in high school.
After that it was when I was being recruited by both Hope and Calvin. I was able to go to all three Hope-Calvin games that year and the atmosphere surrounding all three was awesome and really excitied me.
I love college basketball and have always loved the Duke vs. UNC rivalry because of the tradition both those schools have. However, being the son of two Michigan State graduates and a die-hard Spartan fan, I think that the MSU vs. Michigan game has always meant more to me than perhaps it should. It may not be widely recognized as a BIG rivalry in college basketball, but for me, that game was always huge.
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