Spartans To Battle Iowa In Opener - Bracket

The official Big Ten Men's Basketball bracket has been released and Michigan State will battle Iowa.

Tied with Illinois, Michigan, and Penn State, Tom Izzo's team will look to make a statement strong enough to ensure them a spot in this year's field for the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans will play the second game of the tournament on Thursday following the first game between Northwestern and Minnesota. The game will be televised by ESPN2, and is the first step for the Spartans to continue their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Many feel Michigan State must win at least one if not two games to ensure themselves a spot in the tournament this year after a disappointing season.

Here is the complete tournament bracket as released by the Big Ten Conference.

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