Michigan State still isn’t a No. 1 seed in the eyes of the foremost bracketologists, but the Spartans do appear to be moving up.
Lunardi had MSU as a No. 3 seed in his previous bracket, which matches rankings unveiled by the NCAA Tournament selection committee on Feb. 11.
Lunardi and Palm each have MSU (26-3) taking on No. 15 seed Wright State (20-8) of the Horizon League, with Lunardi pitting them in the West bracket in Pittsburgh, and Palm moving the clash to Detroit as part of the South regional.
That’s a matchup that might make Spartans fans cringe: Wright State hung a 53-49 upset on the then-No. 8 and eventual national champion Spartans in December 1999.
Michigan also is climbing seed lines, thanks at least in part to an impressive 74-62 victory over then-No. 8 Ohio State. Michigan is a No. 5 seed — up two spots — in Lunardi’s bracket, taking on No. 12 seed Loyola-Chicago in the Midwest regional in Boise, Idaho. Palm has Michigan as a No. 7 seed, taking on No. 10 seed N.C. State in an East regional game in Charlotte, N.C.
Lunardi and Palm’s No. 1 seeds are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier.