The Spartans are in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive year. That included two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, a home win against eventual Big Ten Tournament champ MI and a neutral-court win against Ohio State.
Upsets dominate the first weekend but things return to normal after that: It may not seem like it, but most years only two or three double-digit seeds reach the Sweet 16.
Second, the show will begin with all 68 teams revealed before they bracket is filled and matchups unveiled.
Michigan Wolverines forward Moritz Wagner (13) celebrates after cutting down the net after the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Verizon Center.
The No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier with the top-ranked Cavaliers getting preferential seeding in the South Region. "I don't have anything to complain about". Sophomore Miles Bridges put the team on his shoulders to keep Michigan State in the conversation and knocked down the tiebreaking dagger with just 2.7 seconds left. 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.
"Bucknell has beaten some teams, too, in the past", Izzo said. "We don't want to be a team that showed up and wasn't ready to play, we want to make sure we're prepared to give our best against MI". But it's a huge difference when dreams actually turn into something that's achievable. Don't be shocked if this deep Spartans team advances to Izzo's eighth Final Four and wins the Big Ten's first title since MSU cut down the nets in 2000.
Michigan State can not complain about the prospect of jet lag. They also dropped the conference tournament final against MI.
Hughes, who finished the game with two assists, is expected to be a top 10 pick in this year's NHL Draft. Montana, however, is not a particularly prolific team from outside, shooting 34.3 percent from three-point land this year (9th out of 12 in the Big Sky). "And they have a sophomore who is as explosive a scorer as anybody in the nation". But the tournament selection committee had other ideas. Purdue is making its 10 NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 12 seasons. Northwestern and Minnesota were even more disappointing. "We beat Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt previous year".
Nebraska and Penn State suffered because quality wins in the Big Ten were hard to find.
"It would have been really convenient for everybody", Wolverines coach John Beilein said of opening the NCAA Tournament in Detroit.
MI fell to Ohio State on Saturday night for the fifth time this season, losing 3-2 in overtime at Nationwide Arena in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. The group is meager in quantity - not since 2008 did the league get so few bids - but high in quality.
Tournament History: 64-30, 9 Final Fours and 2 National Championships in 31 appearances.
Previous year as a 13 seed, Bucknell came up just short of upsetting West Virginia in the first round in Buffalo. "But leagues are usually judged by how their best teams do".