It has been a season full of ups and downs for Michigan State. The Spartans have had to battle a tough schedule, a number of key injuries and youthful growing pains. Despite all of that Michigan State finds itself in a similar spot — knocking on the door of the NCAA Tournament for a 20th straight season.
Before the Spartans can put on their dancing shoes they’ll need to find their groove again in the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State has reached the Big Ten Tournament championship game each of the last three years and four of the last five. However, it’ll be a lot harder for the Spartans to reach Sunday’s title tilt this time around as the 5 seed.
Head coach Tom Izzo always gets the most out of his teams in March so we’ll see if this year’s team can continue that tradition. Let’s take a look at how the Big Ten Tournament could play out for the Spartans.
With a 10-8 record in the Big Ten, Michigan State finds themselves as the 5 seed entering this weekend’s tournament. The good news is they will get a bye from playing on Wednesday but the bad news is they will still have a pretty tough matchup in their opening round. The Spartans will take on the winner of Nebraska-Penn State in the 12-13 seed matchup on Thursday at 2:30 (game can be found on BTN).