MI shipped out to West Region, will play Montana in Wichita

MI shipped out to West Region, will play Montana in Wichita

MI shipped out to West Region, will play Montana in Wichita

But the show must go on, if only so office poolsters have a valid excuse for the decline in their production at work. This team has the ability to guard the basketball. The Bison beat Arkansas as a 9-seed the next year for their only other NCAA victory. From 2012 to 2014, the No. 12s were 8-4 in their openers.

Ohio State is the No. 5 seed in the West Region and heads to Boise for its first and second round site.

Second-seeded Purdue takes on Cal State Fullerton in Detroit. The Buckeyes will square off with No. 12 South Dakota State on Thursday with the victor taking on No. 4 Gonzaga or No. 13 UNC Greensboro. He leads the Blue Devils in scoring (21.2 points per game) and rebounding (11.4 rebounds per game) and is projecting as a top-three pick in the draft.

Tournament History: 2-7 in 7 appearances.

"Depends on how you look at it", Bilas said. I think Purdue is overseeded. Bucknell played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Palace in 2006.

Michigan State entered the season as one of the title favorites, and nothing has changed. The toughest regionals are the South and the Midwest. Xavier is a number one seed. Bilas had U-M reaching the Final Four. Based on sheer numbers, the best bets this year are the ACC and - this is not a joke - the SEC.

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OK, here are my nine teams that could win it all. But beyond Bridges, this team has a roster that not only could get to the Final Four, it could win it. The third-seeded Spartans also will play in Detroit, about 90 miles east of campus. It's happening more often, though. A deep tournament run would require comebacks and close wins, allowing Winston the chance to prove his reputation as a go-to star in crunch time. The Wolverines are also a No. 3 seed in the tournament.

The Spartans have had an incredible year, but their potential requires them to do more. And bad news for North Carolina, there hasn't been a repeat champion since Florida in 2006-07.

Said Bilas: "Michigan State should've been a 2 (seed)". Now, Virginia may not have a ton of National Basketball Association guys, but they have an elite coach.

The biggest crutch in Simpson's game continues to be his free throw shooting, converting on just under 52 percent of his attempts this year.

MI now is tied for No. 10 in the PairWise rankings, which is what the NCAA selection committee uses to choose and place teams.

MI freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes had a number of strong chances, including a breakaway that was stopped and shot that went off the post in the first period. In the semifinals, it will be Virginia over Gonzaga and Michigan State over Villanova, followed two nights later by Michigan State over Virginia.

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