MSU opens against Bucknell at LCA; Michigan plays Montana in Kansas

Michigan State is staying home as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans will open against 14th-seeded Bucknell at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Friday (7:10 p.m. EDT on CBS).

Michigan State (29-4) won the Big Ten regular season championship and lost in its tournament semifinals to rival Michigan, which handed the Spartans two of their four losses.

The Spartans are in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive year.

Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo always says he hopes to “win the weekend” in the NCAA Tournament. He hasn’t been able to do that the past two years, getting knocked out in first and second rounds.

Izzo clearly knows how to win this time of year, though. He’s won 47 NCAA Tournament games, a total that ties John Wooden for seventh on the all-time list.

Michigan (28-7) is the No. 3 seed in the West Region. The Wolverines will open the NCAA Tournament against Montana on Thursday (9:50 p.m. EDT on TBS) at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

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