Spartans heading to Spokane as a No. 4 seed

Michigan State will face Delaware in the second round of the East Region.

The celebration for the Big Ten Tournament title quickly turned into the full Selection Sunday for Michigan State.

With pieces of nets in their championship hats, the Spartans found out their fate: Heading West as a No. 4 seed to Spokane, Wash., to take on Delaware at 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

"I don't know much about Delaware," senior Keith Appling said. "I don't even know what conference they're in. I'm pretty sure they are in the tournament for a reason so we just gotta get prepared and go out there and play as hard as I can."

The Spartans (26-8) have the momentum they sought in Indianapolis beading into the NCAA Tournament as part of the East Region.

Three straight wins and a 69-55 win against rival Michigan for the Big Ten title with a healthy squad is as good a spot as the Spartans could have hoped for heading into March – except for maybe a higher seed.

"We were kind of surprised as a four seed," junior Branden Dawson said. "We really though we were going to be a three seed, but it really doesn't matter because being whatever seed we are we are just going to play hard from here on it."

But taking on the mentality of their coach leaves the Spartans indifferent to seeding and opponent.

"We will play anybody anywhere," sophomore Matt Costello said. "That's been Coach Izzo's mantra since he's been here. We kinda take along with that. We will go anywhere, we will beat anybody and that's what we're going to do."

The rest of the Spartans' early group in Spokane features Cincinnati and Harvard. A win Thursday against Delaware would put the Spartans against the winner of the Bearcats-Crimson game.

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