Everything you need to know about #1 Michigan State vs. #16 Long Island

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These aren’t the most exciting match-ups in the first round of the NCAA Tournament usually. And yes, IT’S A FIRST ROUND, STOP CALLING IT THE SECOND ROUND! YOU’RE TELLING ME, IT’S A “ROUND” MEANING 60/68 TEAMS AUTOMATICALLY GET A BYE. Ok, now that I’m done pointing out NCAA idiocy, I’ll stop yelling.

The Spartans enter the tournament with the #4 RPI and the #1 strength of schedule this year, not to mention the momentum of winning the Big Ten Tournament, so they’ll be tourney tested and tourney ready.

“a lot of people always say Coach Izzo takes off the Big Ten Tournament to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. That’s such a myth,” Draymond Green said.

Agreed.

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Duke’s Seth Curry: not a true second banana

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I never thought I’d say this, but a Duke University star, who’s a second generation hoops player with bigtime basketball bloodlines, has actually flown under the radar a bit this season.

Sure, you’ve heard one storyline about Blue Devils junior guard Seth Curry BEATEN to death: that his dad is former Virginia Tech, NBA star, Dell Curry, and his brother is Stephen Curry, starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors. (And I’m really sorry for even bringing this up now)

Seth Curry transferred from Liberty University to Duke after the 08-09 season. Per transfer rules, Curry sat out the 2009–10 basketball season.

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Michigan St bench, depth resembles 2000 National Title Team

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In winning their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2000, the Michigan State Spartans did it with depth and role players, kind of like the 2000 National Championship team. Granted this team today doesn’t have four future NBA players (the ’00 team had Jason Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Andre Hutson and Morris Peterson) so you can only go so far with this analogy…of course Draymond Green looks like a late first rounder, Branden Dawson looked like a 2014 prospect before the ACL injury, and Keith Appling could develop into a pro guy be his senior year.

But the 2000 and 2012 Spartans share both a BTT title and similarly good “glue guys” and role players.

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How Michigan State grabs the final #1 Seed on Sunday

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Forget the first two #1 seeds- those are set to Kentucky and Syracuse. Yes, even with the Orange losing to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Big East Tournament.

Now that Baylor has upset Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, a top line slot is now open. If North Carolina should get upset in the ACC Tournament, you could have two spots up for grabs.

Michigan State is probably the best team in the Big Ten; even though Ohio State is the best talent. However, the Spartans have the best match-up with the Buckeyes among the teams left in Indianapolis.

So it’s there’s for the taking.

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