Michigan State had hopes to land a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament after a run to the Big Ten Tournament title game.
But when the brackets were announced Sunday night shortly after the Spartans lost to Wisconsin in overtime, they were announced as No. 7 seed in the East Region.
The Spartans will face No. 10 Georgia on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.
If the Spartans beat the Bulldogs, they would likely meet the No. 2 seed Virginia, which meets No. 15 Belmont in its first game. If the Spartans and Cavaliers meet, it would be a rematch of last year’s Sweet 16 game when the Spartans won to head to the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut.
Michigan State enters the NCAA Tournament as winners of 11 of 14 and eight of 11.
Georgia went 21-11 in the regular season.
With the bid, the Spartans have made the tourney in 18 straight seasons.