March 3, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Adreian Payne (5) grabs the rebound over Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert (23) in the second half at Crisler Center. Michigan won 58-57. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan, Michigan State Hold Steady in Latest ESPN Bracketology

While every college basketball team strives to receive the best-possible seed for the NCAA tournament, the stakes area little higher for Michigan and Michigan State. A good seed means a lot more than a weaker opponent and easier path to the Final Four, it means staying close to home in the first weekend of the tournament.

Joe Lunardi released an updated projected bracket today and Michigan and Michigan State remain unchaged from earlier in the week. Lunardi is projecting Michigan as a two seed and Michigan State as a three seed. As long as that holds, the Wolverines and Spartans will open their tournament runs at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Should either team fall below a three seed, their prospects of opening close to home get dicier. Today’s projection has Marquette as a four seed and traveling all the way to Salt Lake City.

Considering the bulk of each teams’ strong resume has already been written, it is possible they have already done enough to earn the right to play at the Palace. Tickets have been on sale since October but some seats remain and can be purchased through TicketMaster.

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