U-M and MSU No. 3 Seeds in the 2018 NCAA March Madness Tournament

By Wendell Bryant
Tell Us USA Sports

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Big Ten Tournament champion University of Michigan men's basketball team earned its second straight automatic berth and eighth NCAA Tournament bid overall under head coach John Beilein.

The Wolverines will be the No. 3 seed in the West Region and will face No. 14 seed Montana in the first round on Thursday (March 15) at approximately 8:50 p.m. CT at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

The Michigan-Montana winner will advance to the second round to face the winner of No. 6-seeded Houston and No. 11-seeded San Diego State on Saturday (March 17) for a spot in the West Region semifinal at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

U-M makes its 28th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and carries a 54-26 (47-22 after sanctions) all-time record, including winning the 1989 national title. The Maize and Blue will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

The Wolverines enter the NCAA Tournament with a 28-7 overall record, which includes a 13-5 mark in Big Ten play. U-M has reached the 20-win mark for the 28th time in program history and the eighth time during Beilein's tenure.

Michigan State has a date in Detroit.

After a week of waiting and wondering and hearing they might be placed anywhere but closest to home, the Spartans learned they will play the first two rounds at Little Caesars Arena after all.

Fifth-ranked MSU received a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region during the NCAA tournament selection show Sunday and will face 14-seed Bucknell in the first round on Friday. Tipoff will be at 7:10 p.m. (CBS).

The Spartans spent all year working to get a No. 1 seed in the new downtown arena. That did not happen, but they avoided being sent to far-flung spots like Idaho, Kansas or San Diego.

And now, their quest for a national championship can begin as close to home as possible.

We feel that we are an actual contender to win this thing, said sophomore Cassius Winston, a U-D Jesuit grad. A lot of teams can say they have a national championship as their goal, as they should. But its a huge difference when dreams actually turn into something thats achievable.

I think right now, in our situation, we have the players, we have the coaches we have all the things that we need for that goal to be achievable.

It is the 21st straight year the Spartans (29-4) have made the NCAA field under coach Tom Izzo. That ranks as the fifth-longest active streak among Division I schools.

MGOBLUE.COM and USA TODAY.COM contributed to this story.





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