East Lansing, MI – Entering his 26th season as head coach, Tom Izzo's Spartans are 8-4 overall and 2-4 within the Big Ten.
Even without Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman Sr., not many people predicted Michigan State to open conference play 0-3.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi sure didn't, who at one point had MSU tabbed as a three-seed in August, but recently dropped them to a 10-seed facing Virginia Tech in the first round.
The top teams in the Spartans region are Baylor (1), Tennessee (2), Illinois (3), Louisville (4), and Oregon (5).
As a conference, the Big Ten fielded the most teams with 10, three more than any other league.
By the Numbers
- Big Ten: 10
- Big 12: 7
- ACC: 7
- SEC: 6
- Pac-12: 5
- Big East: 5
- Mountain West: 2
- West Coast: 2
- Atlantic 10: 2
Big Ten Matchups
- 7 Minnesota vs. 10 Florida
- 5 Ohio State vs. 12 Toledo
- 3 Wisconsin vs. 14 Siena
- 7 Virginia vs. 10 Purdue
- 8 Rutgers vs. 9 Arkansas
- 3 Illinois vs. 14 Little Rock
- 7 Virginia Tech vs. 10 Michigan State
- 1 Michigan vs. 16 North Dakota State
- 7 Saint Louis vs. 10 Indiana
- 2 Iowa vs. 15 Northeastern
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