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Michigan State Basketball: Nightmare matchups in 2018 NCAA Tournament

13 March 2018

But the tournament selection committee had other ideas. Not even a sniff at the WNIT. These schools have met one time, with Michigan State taking a 64-52 decision in East Lansing in November 2003.

Iowa is the No. 6 seed in the Kansas City Region and will head to Los Angeles and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for first- and second-round action. Incidentally, the Bonnies played their first and second round games in Tallahassee as well, beating Florida Gulf Coast and Marist to advance to the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks eliminated the Spartans, 90-70, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago in Tulsa, Okla. They went in 2016, earning the automatic bid after winning the MAC championship. The Wolverines were a 3-seed then and are a 3-seed again this year. But even in their uncertainty there was an unspoken confidence.

All tournament paths are not created equal: Sometimes it's not who you play but where you play. That leads the Big Ten.

Sitting at No. 10 essentially makes his team a lock, but we will know for sure when the tournament bracket is released on Sunday. Thomas is Bucknell's answer to Miles Bridges, averaging a league-high 20.3 points while also pacing the team in rebounds (9.1).

The Bulls put together a solid resume, fueled by last year's disappointment. We did individual work.

Winston entered the Big Ten Tournament with a hot 3-point stroke, but has made just one of his last 11 attempts from beyond the arc. "I see no logic", Dick Vitale said Sunday evening on ESPN.

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MSU captured its third outright Big Ten championship and eighth conference title under Izzo with a 16-2 record in league play.

The ACC got nine teams in the NCAA tournament.

But the Spartans have not shot better than 50 percent in each of their last five games, including in their last outing against the Wolverines, during which the team shot just 38 percent, its worst shooting mark of the season. "The teams that go in clicking and playing their game the best are the ones that win games".

"I will be by Friday or Saturday", she replied with a smile.

"Nothing is gonna cause us to lose but us", Izzo said. She has lifted an Iowa team wracked with injuries to an almost-certain berth in the Women's NCAA tournament. "We took a day off, a day and a half off. It's a game", Legette-Jack said.

You don't think they're going to scream about that in Stillwater? This college basketball season we have no elite teams, but a lot of very good ones.

Michigan State Basketball: Nightmare matchups in 2018 NCAA Tournament