Michigan State basketball has made the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive time as they will face Davidson in the first round.
The Michigan State basketball program earned a #7 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament March Madness bracket. They will play on Friday in Greenville, South Carolina, to open things up for their NCAA Tournament run.
The Spartans will be going up against a former player in Foster Loyer who transferred to Davidson. This season, Loyer has shined for the Wildcats, averaging 30.5 minutes a game with just over 16 points per game. Loyer, who hails from Clarkston, Michigan, was 2018 Mr. Basketball in high school.
Michigan State is coming off a nice run in the Big Ten Tournament as they made it to the semifinal as a #7-seed before falling to Purdue 75-70. Spartans head coach Tom Izzo has taken teams, like this one, to deep runs in prior years, but it won’t be easy. Izzo is 52-22 in the NCAA Tournament as the Spartans head coach.
Michigan State basketball earns a #7 seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
If the Spartans can get past the Wildcats, they will face the winner of second-seeded Duke or 15th seeded California State Fullerton.
I think it would be really nice to see Tom Izzo against Mike Krzyzewski for a trip to the Sweet 16; I also believe that is what people are expecting, but do not sleep on Davidson.
Davidson does not play in a particularly hard conference; however, they do have a few nice wins of Alabama and VCU. They won the A-10 regular-season title and lost in the tournament championship to Richmond 64-62.
As for Michigan State, they are 5-8 in their last 13 games, but 3-1 in their previous four, which means Izzo has his team getting hot at the right time, once again. Izzo will need to find a consistent scorer, though, if he wants to make another deep run.
The Spartans are no stranger to this tournament but coming out of a few tough adversity-filled COVID-19 ridden seasons; this will be a chance to get back to some normalcy. Izzo has to be looking to make a run, but he’s going to need to keep his guys hot and on the run they have been on lately.
The Spartans will open things up, looking to continue their trend of being a quality contender in March, which begins with their matchup on Friday against the Davidson Wildcats.