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Michigan State earns #3 seed for NCAA Tournament, spot in Detroit

Michigan State earns #3 seed for NCAA Tournament, spot in Detroit
Posted at 6:35 PM, Mar 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-11 20:42:34-04

(WXYZ) -- Michigan State will be the #3 seed in the Midwest Region for the NCAA Tournament, and will play #14 seed Bucknell on Friday at Little Caesars Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

The Spartans enter the tournament 29-4 following their loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.



Michigan State
   East Lansing, 29-4.
   Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.
   Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.
   Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 3.
   Tournament History: 64-30, 9 Final Fours and 2 National Championships in 31 appearances.
   Last appearance: 2017, lost to Kansas in the second round.
   Season Stats
   Scoring: 81.0 points per game, 50.4 fg pct, 41.3 3-pt pct, 75.1 ft pct.
   Top Scorers: Miles Bridges 16.9; Nick Ward 12.6; Cassius Winston 12.6.
   Rebounds: Ward 7.2; Bridges 6.9; Avg team margin (plus-10.4).
   Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.47): Winston (6.8/2.5), 225 assists.
   Last 10 Games: 9-1.
   Best Win: 63-45 vs. North Carolina on Nov. 26.
   Worst Loss: 80-64 at Ohio State on Jan. 7.
   The Skinny: The young, talented Spartans have no ugly losses but were 2-4 against Top 25 RPI teams. They seem to struggle most with three and four guard lineups, see Michigan in a 76-64 loss in the Big Ten tourney semifinals. That game ended a 13-game winning streak that followed an 82-72 loss to the Wolverines.

   Lewisburg, Pa., 25-9.
   Nickname: Bison. Coach: Nathan Davis.
   Conference: Patriot League. Bid: Automatic.
   Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 14.
   Tournament History: 2-7 in 7 appearances.
   Last appearance: 2017, lost to West Virginia in the first round.
   Season Stats
   Team Scoring: 81.1 points per game, 47.2 fg pct, 34.3 3-pt pct, 71.8 ft pct.
   Top Scorers: Zach Thomas 20.3; Nana Foulland 15.4; Stephen Brown 14.9.
   Rebounds: Thomas 9.2; Foulland 7.1; Avg team margin (plus-1.6).
   Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.15): Brown (4.3/1.7), 147 assists.
   Last 10 Games: 9-1.
   Best Win: 81-77 at home to Vermont on Dec. 2.
   Worst Loss: 92-89 at Lehigh on Feb. 5.
   The Skinny: The Bison won the Patriot League by four games and after a bit of a challenge in the league tournament opener, earned their second straight berth with 31- and 29-point wins. Thomas was the regular-season MVP and Brown the tourney MVP.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.