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There will be those with problems with Michigan State getting a Midwest draw when Michigan beat them in the Big 10 Tournament and ended up in Kansas, but you won't hear Tom Izzo complaining. Without the two athletic sophomores able to apply the pressure, Jackson isn't quick enough to vanguard the paint, and Michigan State's normally bulletproof defense begins hemorrhaging.

Michigan State doing their annual "start the season really fast, look elite, then totally suck in mid January to mid February, regroup again and kick everyone's ass in March" bit. This season, the Bison dominated the Patriot League, finishing 25-9 overall, winning 18 of their last 19 and taking an eight-game winning streak into the Big Dance.

The 2018 NCAA tournament is coming to Detroit as first- and second-games at Little Caesars Arena on Friday and Sunday.

Key player: Cassius Winston. The victor of that contest moves on to meet the victor of the first-round game between No. 2 seed (and subregional host) OR and 15th-seeded Seattle on Sunday. The Jayhawks eliminated the Spartans, 90-70, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament previous year in Tulsa, Okla. They form a high-scoring backcourt.

Maybe it's because of this new procedure where the committee judges teams by how many teams they've beaten in various "quadrants" of Division I. Maybe it's because there are so many teams that all look alike this year. Northwestern and Minnesota were even more disappointing. "They can have a bad half and still win".

New Zealand held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties
For now, the focus will switch to red-ball cricket as New Zealand prepare to face England in a two-match Test series at home. The best and longest stand by openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro was 12 off 13 deliveries in the third ODI .

Nebraska and Penn State suffered because quality wins in the Big Ten were hard to find. It's looking more and more like a season in which a program will get its first national title and/or a team seeded below #4 and above #8 might win it all. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out.

It's the first time since 1996 that the Mid-American Conference got an at-large bid into the NCAA field. The Big 12 and Big East were right behind with seven and six, respectively.

They need Cassius Winston, who got bottled up by MI in the Big Ten semifinals at Madison Square Garden, to do damage from long range.

The No. 12 seeds usually outplay the No. 5s: The No. 12s went 1-3 last year, but the underdogs in the 5/12 matchup have won at least two games in 12 of the past 17 years. "But leagues are usually judged by how their best teams do".

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