Spartans Await Assignment in NCAA Tournament

After winning its opening round contest, Michigan State now waits on "Selection Sunday" to find out where it will be assigned in this year's version of the NCAA Tournament.

DETROIT - After winning its opening round contest, Michigan State now waits on "Selection Sunday" to find out where it will be assigned in this year's version of the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans are a virtual lock based on outstanding wins over the season against Texas and super freshman Kevin Durant, Wisconsin, the nation's #3 ranked team, Brigham Young, with an RPI of 18, and wins over conference rivals Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.

It has been an amazing coaching job from MSU's great head man Tom Izzo, who in a rebuilding season after losing three players to the NBA, turned into a defensive-minded, overachiever, in his own mold.

MSU rode the coattails of guard Drew Neitzel, who had a breakout season, being named first team all-Big Ten in process and raising his scoring average to 18.3 after playing a pass first role in the previous year's.

Bracketologist Ken Pomroy ranks the Spartans 13th and while most experts felt MSU, with only one true road win all season, were a bubble team, their upset of then #1 Wisconsin solidfied Tom Izzo's team's chances of a slot.

The Spartans closer than expected win over Northwestern and then subsequent loss to Wisconsin, likely doesn't hurt their tournament chances, but could lower their seeding.

Most expect MSU to be an #8 or #9 seed, but MSU could fall as low as a #10 seed. The Spartans reload in a big way next season with the arrival of four solid prospects including Norcross Meadowcreek's Chris Allen, Orchard Lake St. Mary's standout guard Kalin Lucas, Reford Covenant star Durrell Summers and Cedar Springs, MI star Austin Thornton.

They also will have redshirted 7-foot freshman Tom Herzog in the playing rotation.

While the Spartans may enjoy a low bid this season, next year, expect the Spartans to be a top-10 team right out of the gate.


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