Saturday, 26 May, 2018

NCAA tournament preview: No. 3 Michigan State

Eye Openers: Prepare for more complaints than ever about NCAA field No. 3 seed Michigan State to open NCAA Tournament vs. No. 14 seed Bucknell in Detroit
Edward Snyder | 13 March, 2018, 11:20

Big Ten observers believe the Boilermakers could benefit from the days off, given that they looked exhausted in late-season wins over Rutgers and Penn State and the 75-66 loss to MI.

Once again, the Virginia Cavaliers - the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament - are the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation. If you judge the league by how it ranks among the six major conferences, this might not be the year the league breaks its 20-year drought of not winning an NCAA Tournament. Last year, the only one to get that far was No. 11 Xavier.

Bucknell won the Patriot League regular season by four games.

MI women's basketball's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013 will begin in Waco, Texas. "After what we went through a couple years ago (in losing to Middle Tennessee State), our job will be to prepare for the weekend on Monday and Tuesday".

"We really think this game is a microcosm of life and it's not about the end result of a game, it's how we position ourselves for the rest of our lives". Simpson, during that time, has averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

The No. 12 seeds usually outplay the No. 5s: The No. 12s went 1-3 last year, but the underdogs in the 5/12 matchup have won at least two games in 12 of the past 17 years.

MSU lost, 88-81, to the Blue Devils on November 14 in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Minnesota earned its second NCAA Tournament berth in four years (first since 2015) and the 10th in program history.




But the Spartans are not looking ahead to any potential rematches.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Kansas in the second round.

Sophomores Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford have also had their struggles on offense lately.

MSU will have no public sale of its ticket allotment.

Houston, a sixth seed that beat Wichita State in Saturday's American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals, will match up against San Diego State, seeded 11th.

Simpson, over the team's current nine-game winning streak, has shown shades of former MI guard Derrick Walton Jr., in the sense that he's done a little of everything. And Izzo believes getting back into a routine of classes and not having to worry about traveling after a week off will be beneficial. "And we weren't expecting it to but it was and from that moment I think everyone just turned it up a notch", said senior Cassie Oursler. "But I know for some of them, it's gonna be special".

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