Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

MI basketball team reacts to NCAA Tournament selection announcement

MI basketball team reacts to NCAA Tournament selection announcement

The Spartans have not missed the NCAA Tournament since 1997, but were upset as a two seed in 2016 by Middle Tennessee State.

Now, can the Wolverines prove their worth in Wichita, Kan? Moreover, Tom Izzo has one of the best backcourts around, led by unanimous all-Big Ten first-teamer Miles Bridges (16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.8 assists).

The Bison (25-9) received a No. 14 seed and open play in the Midwest Region against third-seeded Michigan State. They lost to the Spartans by 18 points earlier in the year. First up for Michigan State will be 14th-seeded Bucknell, champions of the Patriot League, in a 7:10 p.m. ET start on Friday, March 16.

MI will travel to Wichita, Kansas for its first round matchup against Montana in the West Region. After a solid regular season, it all came together for the Wolverines who dominated the Big Ten tournament en route to a No. 3 seed. I'm not as excited about playing Michigan State as some other people are because they're really good.

Previous year as a 13 seed, Bucknell came up just short of upsetting West Virginia in the first round in Buffalo. The Wolverines won the Big Ten title last weekend in NY, and will come into the NCAA Tournament winners of their last eight games.

If the Spartans get past Bucknell, they'll play either No. 6 seed TCU or the victor of the play-in game between Arizona State and Syracuse.

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