Saturday, 23 June, 2018

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

MSU men's basketball coach Tom Izzo speaks to the media after learning of his NCAA tournament bid on Selection Sunday MSU men's basketball coach Tom Izzo speaks to the media after learning of his NCAA tournament bid on Selection Sunday. Credit WKAR
Rita Gibson | 12 March, 2018, 13:29

The Wolverines won the Big Ten title last weekend in NY, and will come into the NCAA Tournament winners of their last eight games.

Bucknell is unsafe because it's led by a trio of seniors who average a combined 50.6 points per game. The Spartans' biggest wins came against North Carolina, Purdue and Notre Dame, while they lost twice to MI and once each to Ohio State and Duke.

Bucknell went 29-5 this season and won the Patriot League Tournament last week with an 83-54 win over Colgate. As a team, Bucknell is scoring 81.1 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

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

Kenya to face England in Vancouver Quarters
It is the first Kenya has qualified for the Main Cup semi-final since 2016 when they won the Singapore Sevens title. Earlier, Kenya had beaten United States 24-19 in the semi finals thanks to a last minute try from Ouma.

Michigan State is staying home as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

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

We will update with trends once they've been released. They lost to the Spartans by 18 points earlier in the year. The Spartans will haven't had played in a week and a half by the time this one tips off and there's bound to be some rust. In addition, MSU's streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation (Kansas, 29; Duke, 23).

How they make a run: With Winston spreading the floor and Bridges, Ward and Jackson crashing through the paint, Michigan State's top-10 offense forms a wrecking ball that smashes through the tournament.

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