NCAA tournament preview: No. 3 Michigan State


Joe Lunardi said he expects Michigan to be a three-seed at the highest. AP Images

The Bison took home another Patriot League title this year, going 16-2 in conference games and breezing through the conference tournament. The Spartans lone loss out of conference came at the hands of Duke, but Michigan State still put up some solid results against teams like DePaul, UCONN, Notre Dame and UNC, winning each of those games by double digits.

Bucknell is risky because it's led by a trio of seniors who average a combined 50.6 points per game. In a season filled with upsets in every conference, Michigan State has shown control and consistency through a roster brimming with talent at all positions.

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All four analysts had MSU and MI in the Elite Eight, with Bilas and Greenberg having both Big Ten teams making the Final Four. As a team, Michigan State is scoring 81 points per game on 50.4% shooting from the field which is the 6th-best field goal percentage in the country, in addition to the 5th-highest 3-point percentage in the nation at 41.3% from downtown this season. For Michigan State fans over the past two decades, there has been little sweating on Selection Sunday. The 2018 Final Four will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on March 31 and April 2 (Saturday, Monday).

Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, and MSU could be headed toward a Sweet 16 matchup with No. 2 seed Duke in Omaha. They lost to the Spartans by 18 points earlier in the year.

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