NCAA tournament preview: No. 3 Michigan State

Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. celebrates with guard Matt Mc Quaid in the second half of their Big Ten basketball game against Maryland at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Thursday

No. 3 seed Michigan State to open NCAA Tournament vs. No. 14 seed Bucknell in Detroit

The Spartans are the number three seed in the Midwest bracket.

Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg all had Michigan State winning the national championship.

All four analysts had MSU and MI in the Elite Eight, with Bilas and Greenberg having both Big Ten teams making the Final Four.

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.

Michigan State's streak of 21 straight NCAA Tournaments is not only the longest in Big Ten history, it's also the fourth longest in NCAA history (Kansas, 29; North Carolina, 28; Duke, 23). The 2018 Final Four will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on March 31 and April 2 (Saturday, Monday).

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Both teams are coming off conference tournament titles, and both teams possess significantly more NBA-bound players than Virginia.

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I don't care whatever job or workplace you're in, if you're under pressure and you don't want to fight, don't bother turning up". The club have won only three times in 38 matches, and the empty seats at the Hawthorns told of apathy.

MI will begin what they hope will be a long tournament run in the late timeslot on Thursday, March 15.

Saint Mary's lacked high-quality victories, but it's tough on a West Coast Conference team to get those opportunities.

Middle Tennessee made its first Top 25 appearance and dominated the Conference USA regular season, but came up short in the conference tournament. The committee did not buy into these gaudy-but-mostly-empty records.

There will be a couple of major differences for the NCAA Tournament selection show.

Upset specials: New Mexico State over Clemson, Charleston over Auburn.

USC was seeded second in the Pac-12 Tournament and lost the conference final.

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