Michigan State basketball robbed of a 2-seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament

Michigan State basketball robbed of a 2-seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament

We have some NCAA tournament second round action on tap out of the Midwest region on Friday evening as the #14 Bucknell Bison take on the #3 seed Michigan State Spartans in a college basketball matchup.

"Michigan State will be quite a challenge", Bucknell coach Nathan Davis said.

Meanwhile, fans in Ann Arbor will have to travel to Wichita to watch the Wolverines play. Xavier, a one seed, is technically closer to Detroit than to any other opening weekend site but the committee clearly had some freedom to consider the distance to Nashville a wash, sending the Musketeers south from Cincinnati instead of north. The Tar Heels finished the season with a 25-10 record and lost in the ACC title game.

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I have no doubts that the Spartans will make a run towards the final four, but this is a lot of points to give a very good Bucknell team.

The Spartans went 29-4, with two losses coming to MI, while the Wolverines went 28-7 overall.

MI will travel to Wichita, Kansas for its first round matchup against Montana in the West Region. Last year's Wolverines faced a tougher route as they advanced to the Sweet 16 as just a seven seed. If the Wolverines win, they'll play the victor of No. 6 seed Houston and No. 11 seed San Diego State on Saturday. They'll open the round of 64 against Montana on Thursday. The start time is 9:50 p.m. ET.

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