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Motor City Madness; MSU begins NCAA tourney in Detroit Friday

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Are you toying with the idea of picking the Michigan State Spartans to win it all in your bracket pool? "And we weren't expecting it to but it was and from that moment I think everyone just turned it up a notch", said senior Cassie Oursler. Its best win came over Vermont in December.

The Skinny: The young, talented Spartans have no ugly losses but were 2-4 against Top 25 RPI teams. Ohio State's Chris Holtmann is arguably the coach of the year in college basketball.

MI went 22-9 overall this season and 10-6 in conference play.

Michigan State entered the season as one of the title favorites, and nothing has changed.

Michigan State can not complain about the prospect of jet lag. They regained the No. 1 ranking during a 13-game winning streak at the end of the regular season, but a loss to MI in the conference tourney dropped Izzo's team to a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region.

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Jay Sarkar will have more information on the tourney tonight on 6 Sports Overtime at 11:20. The Spartans also have a 14-0 record when All-Big Ten sophomore point guard Cassius Winston scores 13 or more points this year.

Savannah Scott dribbles upcourt in a game earlier this season at Bank of Colorado Arena. That game will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

Maybe it's because of this new procedure where the committee judges teams by how many teams they've beaten in various "quadrants" of Division I. Maybe it's because there are so many teams that all look alike this year. They pace a squad that averages a Patriot League-high 80.1 points. Along the way, we learned that the Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan Wolverines were pegged as a 3-seed in the West Region. Minnesota earned its second NCAA Tournament berth in four years (first since 2015) and the 10th in program history.

There is another situation that may prompt even more howling than the exclusion of Nebraska. The Bears finished the regular season as the top team in their conference standings and have won 13 straight games going into the postseason. Only the Pac 12 has fewer with three. She has lifted an Iowa team wracked with injuries to an almost-certain berth in the Women's NCAA tournament. The SEC had eight. This year, No. 10s Oklahoma and Texas could thrive after escaping the deep Big 12 Conference.

Jay Bilas just said he would have MSU as a 1 seed. "But leagues are usually judged by how their best teams do".

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