Michigan State Got Absolutely Hosed By NCAA Tournament Selection Committee
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 21, 2019,
Mar 21, 2019, 1:00
The Spartans have cruised into the Big Ten Tournament finals including a relatively easy win against Wisconsin in Saturday's semis.
The opening game for MI won't be easy either as the Wolverines will take on Montana for the second straight year in a rare opening-round rematch. Through this trial you can watch the Big Ten title game via a computer or the Amazon Prime website and decide if you want to keep CBS All Access later.
Isaiah Livers scored a career-high 21 points, and No. 10 MI closed in on a record third straight Big Ten Tournament championship with a 76-49 romp over Minnesota in the semifinals on Saturday.
Both teams will look slightly different than they did last time they played.
Michigan State: The Spartans head to the tournament with high hopes, though their rotation figures to be a little thinner after Ahrens went down. Jon Teske had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Zavier Simpson added 10 assists.
And even though the Wolverines have to be disappointed with the third straight loss to Michigan State, their spot in the field of 68 seems like a relatively good one with Gonzaga as the top seed.
It's one more win than Northwestern's win total in 22 years of playing in the Big Ten Tournament and one fewer than Indiana.
2 in the NCAA Tournament and will play Montana in the first round in Des Moines, Iowa. They will play either No. 2 MI or No. 7 Minnesota. The Badgers struggled as a team from 3-point range as well, going just 2-for-19 from beyond the arc. MI lost to Villanova in the national championship game last season.
Georgia State 73, Texas-Arlington 64: Malik Benlevi hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, and Georgia State advanced to a second straight NCAA Tournament with a victory over Texas-Arlington in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament final.
Amir Coffey led Minnesota (21-13) with 14 points.
It's a fitting end as the conference's two premier teams - ranked No. 4 and No. 5 on kenpom.com, No. 6 and No. 10 in the AP Top 25 - play on Selection Sunday for a tournament title.