Michigan State, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, will be playing close to home in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena, which hosts first- and second-round games Friday and Sunday.
The NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday night.
Also in Detroit will be No. 2 seed Purdue.
The Spartans (29-4), led by sophomore Miles Bridges, who was named the team MVP on Sunday, will face No. 14 Bucknell in a first-round game Friday. MSU coach Tom Izzo told reporters after the bracket was revealed that he was surprised the Spartans will play in Detroit. While it’s great to be so close, the competition will be tough, Izzo said.
Still, he said it will be “nice to have a short ride.”
Purdue (28-6) is led by Carsen Edwards, who averages 18.5 points a game, and will face Cal State Fullerton in a first-round game.
Also in Detroit, Arkansas, a No. 7 seed, will face No. 10 Butler.
If Michigan State wins its first-round game on Friday it will advance to the second round Sunday against the winner of No. 6 TCU vs. the First Four matchup of No. 11 Arizona State vs. Syracuse.
Here’s a look at the teams coming to LCA:
No. 2 PURDUE
Record: 28-6 overall, 15-3 Big Ten.
Coach: Matt Painter, 13th season at Purdue.
Notable: The Boilermakers are led by Carsen Edwards, who is averaging 18.5 points a game. During the three Big Ten Tournament games, he scored 65 points, had 16 rebounds and nine assists. Opponents also have to contend with Isaac Haas, who averages 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.
No. 3 MICHIGAN STATE
Record: 29-4, 16-2 Big Ten.
Coach: Tom Izzo, 22nd season at MSU.
Notable: Sophomore forward/guard Miles Bridges leads the Spartans and was voted MVP by his teammates. Bridges, an All-Big Ten first-team selection, leads the team averaging 16.9 points a game, is second in rebounding averaging 6.9 and is third in assists, averaging 2.8. Sophomore Nick Wards leads the Spartans and is eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.2 a game.
No. 6 TCU
Record: 21-11, 9-9 Big 12
Coach: Jamie Dixon, second season at TCU.
Notable: This is the Horned Frogs first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 – their last tournament victory was in 1987. The Frogs had a hot streak going 12-0 during the season but finished 9-11 their final 20 games, including three overtime losses and five by a combined 17 points. Watch for Vladimir Brodziansky, who averages 15.1 points a game and 5.1 rebounds. Kenrich Williams, known as much for his interesting hairstyle – “The Shag” – averages 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds.
No. 7 ARKANSAS
Record: 23-11, 10-8 Southeastern Conference.
Coach: Mike Anderson, seventh season at Arkansas.
Notable: Anderson was a longtime assistant under former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson and preaches the “fastest 40” high-paced approach. This is the Razorbacks’ third NCAA bid in four years. They have a trio of players who make so much of an impact on their success – Jaylen Barford is averaging 18 points a game and 4.0 rebounds. Daryl Macon averages 16.9 points and Daniel Gafford averages 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds.
No. 10 BUTLER
Record: 20-13, 9-9 Big East
Coach: LaVall Jordan, first year at Butler.
Notable: Jordan, who is coaching his alma mater, and assistant coach Jeff Meyer are former Michigan assistants. The Bulldogs are led by 6-foot-7 senior forward Kelan Martin, the Big East scoring champ and the first from Butler in 31 years to earn that title. Martin, a Big East first-team selection, is averaging 20.8 points a game and also leads the team in rebounding averaging 6.2 a game.
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE/SYRACUSE winner
Records: Arizona State is 20-11, 8-10 Pac-12; Syracuse is 20-13, 8-10 ACC.
Coaches: Bobby Hurley, third season at Arizona State: Jim Boeheim, 42nd season.
Notable: Arizona State, which lost its final two games of the season, is led by Tra Holder, who averages 18.4 points a game. Syracuse, which played in the NIT last season, played a tough nonconference schedule this year ranked 14th in RPI. Frank Howard, a junior point guard, has started every game for Syracuse this season and is averaging 15 points and nearly five assists while playing 38.4 minutes a game.
No. 14 BUCKNELL
Record: 25-9, 16-2 Patriot League
Coach: Nathan Davis, third season at Bucknell.
Notable: The Bison have won three Patriot League regular-season titles the last three years under Davis. This is their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Patriot League tournament with a 29-point victory over Colgate in the final. Stephen Brown, who averages 14.9 points a game, was the player of the game in the tournament championship. But Zach Thomas has been the big scorer, averaging 20.3 points a game and 9.2 rebounds, while Nana Foulland averages 15.4.
No. 15 CAL STATE FULLERTON
Record: 20-11, 10-6 Big West
Coach: Dedrique Taylor, fifth season at Cal State Fullerton.
Notable: Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Irvine to win the Big West title earning its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008. The Titans’ 20 wins are the most since they had 21 during the 2011-2012 season. Kyle Allman Jr., the tournament MVP, leads the team averaging 19.4 points a game, and Khalil Ahmad averages 15.3.
No. 3 Michigan State (29-4) vs. No. 14 Bucknell (25-9), 7:10
No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Arizona State (20-11) or No. 11 Syracuse (20-13), 9:40
No. 2 Purdue (28-6) vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (20-11), 12:40
No. 7 Arkansas (23-11) vs. No. 10 Butler (20-13), 3:10