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Photo Credit: Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

When the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed, there were a lot of hurt feeling across the conference. It looked as if the vast majority of our teams had been given the short end of the stick, especially if you compared the bracket to the final AP and Coaches polls. One week ago I was trying to figure out how expensive it would be to travel to Chicago for the Sweet Sixteen. By the time I got out of work last Friday, my calendar was foreseeably free.

The first weekend has come and gone in a year where the playing field looked as even as ever. Let’s look at how the Big Ten teams fared compared to what we expected. …


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Photo Credit: Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

Many people watching the NCAA Selection Show were shocked yesterday when the Michigan State Spartans were given a 2-seed to the Big Dance. Instead of being upset about being snubbed, let’s look at some reasons why the Spartans should be happy about the 2-seed.

If we would’ve gotten a 1-seed in the West (which I thought might happen for a while this weekend) we would be playing in Spokane, WA and Anaheim, CA. If we would’ve been a 2-seed we would be playing in Oklahoma City. I don’t have any proof, but I think it’s safe to say we have more alumni in the Midwest, specifically the Chicago area. …

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