Bracket preview: Will Michigan State, Michigan start at the Palace?

(WXYZ) - It's been a possibility for more than half the season: to see Michigan and Michigan State at the same site for the NCAA Tournament's opening weekend.

Now, with Selection Sunday arriving to the tune of a crowded field with no clear front-runners, it looks more and more likely we'll see both teams in Auburn Hills this week.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has filed his latest update to his infamous 'Bracketology' page, enlisting U-M and MSU at the Palace's second and third round games.

Lunardi has the Wolverines as the No. 4 seed in the West region, squaring off against Bucknell and listing Notre Dame as the No. 5 seed in the region.

He has the Spartans as the No. 3 seed in South region, facing No. 14 seed Iona, with a potential date with No. 6 Pittsburgh the following game.

Throughout the season, Michigan and Michigan State proved to be two of the most prolific teams in the land.

Once the Wolverines reached the top ranking in the top-25 polls (twice), and the Spartans knocked them off their in-state throne, it was evident: both U-M and MSU were two of the best teams in the best conference in college basketball.

Despite failing to to make the Big Ten Tournament final, Michigan State and Michigan will no doubt benefit from the gauntlet of tough teams they faced the past four months.

The question remains: will the teams begin their NCAA Tournament journeys so close to home? Speculation finally comes to a halt tonight.

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