Michigan Basketball: 3 predictions for UM and the NCAA Tournament

No. 3 seed Michigan State to open NCAA Tournament vs. No. 14 seed Bucknell in Detroit

However, an upset 75-64 loss to rival Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament not only snapped a 13-game winning streak, but also nested Michigan State as a No. 3 seed in a challenging region. Tipoff will be at 7:10 p.m. (CBS).

Keep scrolling down and you come to the Big Ten, which has a final four of Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State.

Charles Barkley and Greg Gumbel break down the Midwest Region!

Iowa, Ohio State and Rutgers will open their seasons later this month, while IN will begin IN April at the Big Ten Double Dual.

The Spartans will be in a hard and familiar Midwest Region bracket that is loaded with bluebloods in Kansas as the No. 1 seed and Duke as the No. 2 seed.

Last NCAA appearance: 2017, lost to Kansas in second round.

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On the season, Bucknell basketball averages 81.1 points, 36.9 rebounds and 14.5 assists per game. Since the committee went away from including the final 10 to 12 games as a metric, it has maintained that a team's complete body of work is what matters. USC's best wins were over Middle Tennessee and New Mexico State. More important, it has No. 1 overall seed Virginia and No. 2 seeds in Duke and North Carolina. Ohio State's Chris Holtmann is arguably the coach of the year in college basketball.

The Spartans arguably have the most talented team in the country. 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.

At least one No. 2 seed won't reach the second weekend: For 19 of the past 21 years, a No. 2 seed has failed to reach the Sweet 16, usually losing to a No. 7 seed.

Nickname: Bison. Coach: Nathan Davis. "But you know, that's definitely in the back of our minds".

Simpson, over the team's current nine-game winning streak, has shown shades of former MI guard Derrick Walton Jr., in the sense that he's done a little of everything. Junior guard Michael Oguine averages 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds, and junior forward Jamar Akoh averages 13.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

But as they did a year ago, John Beilein's team once again started playing their best ball as the calendar started to turn from February to March. "Usually when you go through the NCAA, when they look at things, they always put on the bottom: Bad losses".

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