Spartans get #2 seed in NCAA tournament

How is the #2 team in the nation not a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament? That’s what a lot of Spartan fans want to know after the brackets were unveiled.

Michigan State University is fresh off of a win over Purdue to win the Big Ten tournament title.

But that, along with a #2 ranking in the AP polls, wasn’t enough to make them a #1 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament.

The Spartans were ranked the #1 team in the nation early on. They lost several games, but climbed back to end the season ranked 2nd in the nation in the AP poll.

But it wasn’t enough. North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon and Kansas are the #1 seeds.

Former NBA great and CBS commentator Charles Barkley says he was “totally shocked” that the Spartans didn’t get a top seed.

So were Spartan fans, including Theresa Anderson, who said “Selection committee needs to be fired! ASAP!” on the WLNS-TV Facebook page.

But others offered up a possible explanation. “Face it,” said Patte Carter-Hevia, “MSU barely squeaked out wins yesterday and today. I think if they win decisively either or both of those games, then the selection committee sees them differently.”

Instead, the #2 seeded Spartans will play Middle Tennessee in St. Louis. They will play the winner of the Dayton vs. Syracuse match up. Virginia is the top seed in their region. Purdue is the #5 seed, as well.

Stay tuned to 6 News for your complete Big Ten and NCAA tournament coverage. Jay Sarkar anchors Sports Overtime tonight at 11, and Alex Sims will have the post-game reaction from Indianapolis.

 

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