Michigan produces a lot of very good home grown talent and there is a lot of loyalty and passion for the in-state schools. Every once in a while, when the stars align, it is enough to win a NCAA title. When Michigan State won basketball titles in 1979 and 2000, it was with almost all in-state talent. Michigan gets more out-of-state recruits but they have had significant Michigan grown talent on some of their great teams too. And, come on, the academics at Michigan State are not that bad. It's not Ivy league but they do have several elite programs and generally get the solid but not spectacular rankings typical of Big 10 schools not named Northwestern and Michigan. They are probably ahead of Oregon and Colorado academically.