Michigan State basketball to face Bucknell to open NCAA tournament


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 Griz watched the selection show, surrounded by fans at the Press Box in Missoula Sunday.

Bucknell went 29-5 this season and won the Patriot League Tournament last week with an 83-54 win over Colgate.

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In fact, the Spartans can attribute much of this year's success to Bridges-the Flint, Mich., native averages 16.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game that sets him as the tip of the spear for Michigan State's offense.

3 seed in the Midwest Region and will play No. 14 seed Bucknell in the first round at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Spartans finished the regular season with a 29-4 overall record, winning the Big Ten regular season and reaching the quarterfinal before losing to MI in the conference tourney.

While the Spartans were a better regular season team than Purdue and likely should have received that 2-seed in Detroit, they were also stronger than North Carolina, another team they beat.

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Their opponent? The 3 seeded Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference.

Friday's game will mark the second-ever meeting between Michigan State and Bucknell.

Season recap: Few teams have had as dominant of a year as the Spartans.

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Michigan State will make its 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA mens basketball tournament and their road begins in Detoit.