Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman is double teamed by Michigan guard Zavier Simpson and forward Moritz Wagner during the second half of an NCAA Big Ten Conference tournament semifinal college basketball game Saturday

"Good coach - I don't know if he's great - good coach, tremendous experienced backcourt, they've got an National Basketball Association player". Michigan State is favored to win. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

(8) Seton Hall vs. (9) N.C. State - This I think is a tremendous matchup between two teams that are much better than where they are seeded. Along the way, we learned that the Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan Wolverines were pegged as a 3-seed in the West Region. They're a team that, if they get down early, they have the athletic and scoring ability to catch up.

When picking the Final Four, remember the committee often gets it right: Of the 116 spots in the Final Four since 1989, only 12 were filled by teams worse than a No. 5 seed, including No. 7 SC a year ago. The Golden Gophers are 11-9 (.550) in NCAA Tournament games, highlighted by a trip to the 2004 Final Four. Last year, the only one to get that far was No. 11 Xavier. "We've got to do a little better job on that", Izzo said.


Bucknell went 29-5 this season and won the Patriot League Tournament last week with an 83-54 win over Colgate.

The two teams had two common opponents this season. "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". And then our job will be on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for Bucknell, and we'll really hone in on them.

MI went 22-9 overall this season and 10-6 in conference play.


The Spartans will be in a hard and familiar Midwest Region bracket that is loaded with bluebloods in Kansas as the No. 1 seed and Duke as the No. 2 seed.

The Badgers saw their streak of 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances end, but they had to deal with inexperience and injuries.

Sophomores Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford have also had their struggles on offense lately. The Cornhuskers will play seventh-seeded Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday on ESPN2 with the victor of that game advancing to play No. 2 seed (and subregional host) Texas or 15th-seeded ME on March 19. "Not that you need any motivation this time of year".


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. "But I know for some of them, it's gonna be special".

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