Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 2/18/13
The Michigan State Spartans host this week’s marquee college basketball game on Tuesday night, as No. 1 Indiana visits East Lansing. For the fourth-ranked Spartans, the game stands as a huge one — MSU could take a stranglehold on the Big Ten race with a win, as well as close in on a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. But could a victory also push Michigan State close to the No. 1 spot overall spot in current tournament seedings? It sure seems as if things trending in that direction. Here’s an updated look at where some “bracketologists” have Michigan State and Michigan in their latest projections: • Jerry Palm, CBS (updated Feb. 17): As of Sunday night Palm had the Spartans as a No. 1 seed in the South — based off locations and matchups, they appear to be the lowest one-seed in Palm’s bracket. Michigan State would have to travel to Arlington, Tex., in that scenario, and Palm has Florida as the two-seed in that region. Michigan State’s current second-round matchup there (the first round of games once the field gets to 64) is against the winner of a Niagara-Norfolk State play-in game. MSU’s Round of 32 foe would be either VCU or Colorado. Michigan, meanwhile, is down to a two-seed, after Palm had the Wolverines as his No. 1 overall team last week. Palm currently has Michigan in the East, with 15-seed Long Beach up first, followed by either Oklahoma or Wichita State. The top seed in the East bracket is Miami, though in this scenario, Michigan would open in Auburn Hills and be closer to the regional final site (Washington D.C.). • Joe Lunardi, ESPN (updated Feb. 15): Lunardi figures to unleash a new bracket sometime Monday, so we’ll update then. For now, the ESPN bracket expert has Michigan State as the No. 2 seed in the East (Duke is No. 1) and Michigan as a No. 2 in the South. Both teams are at Auburn Hills to start in Lunardi’s projections, as well — Michigan State against Montana, then either Creighton or Ole Miss; Michigan vs. Florida Gulf Coast, then Cincinnati or Kentucky. • Patrick Stevens, USA Today (updated Feb. 18): Here, Stevens projects Michigan State to win the Big Ten Tournament title, thus securing the No. 1 seed in the South. The Spartans’ first game would pit them against Mercer or Charleston Southern in Auburn Hills, with the Notre Dame-North Carolina winner waiting for a tantalizing third-round game. Stevens also keeps Michigan in Auburn Hills, though the Wolverines are a two-seed in the West (Duke No. 1). Their opener: 15-seed Niagara, followed by either Oklahoma or St. Louis with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Trent Richardson has 50-50 chance at making Raiders roster

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice


Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

WATCH: Dez Bryant throws punches at training camp

There's no need for Notre Dame to join a conference

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker