It looks like Michigan State and Michigan can still make their NCAA Tournament cases in the Big Ten tournament.
The Spartans (28-3), riding a 12-game winning streak and an outright Big Ten regular-season title, remain a No. 2 seed in Lunardi and Palm’s brackets, while the Wolverines (24-7), on a five-game winning streak, are a No. 6 seed.
Lunardi and Palm have Michigan State opening close to home at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit — facing No. 15 seed Montana in a Midwest regional in Lunardi’s bracket, and taking on No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky of the Horizon League in Palm’s South regional.
In Lunardi’s bracket, Michigan is playing out of the East regional, taking on No. 11 seed Providence in Dallas, while Palm has Michigan taking on No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure in a Midwest regional in Wichita, Kan.
The Big Ten tournament obviously offers opportunity for both teams to improve seeding. Top-seeded Michigan State received a double-bye, and will open in the quarterfinals at noon Friday against either No. 8 seed Maryland or No. 9 seed Wisconsin as it chases a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan faces either No. 13 seed Illinois or No. 12 seed Iowa at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with the possibility of trying avenge a regular-season loss to Nebraska (22-9) on Friday in the quarterfinals.