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Spartans, Wolverines remain No. 2 seeds in ESPN’s Bracketology

The Detroit News
Cassius Winston, Tom Izzo and Michigan State beat Michigan on Sunday.

Michigan State has the upper hand on Michigan in the Big Ten championship race, but ESPN’s Joe Lunardi still has them both as No. 2 seeds in his latest Bracketology, published Tuesday.

Lunardi has the Spartans facing Montana in the 2-15 Midwest Region first-round matchup, and he has the Wolverines squaring off against No. 15 Loyola-Chicago in the East.

Those are the same seedings and pairings he had for MSU and UM five days ago.

Lunardi’s No. 1 seeds are Gonzaga in the West, Virginia in the South, Kentucky in the Midwest and Duke in the East.

The Wolverines (24-4, 13-4) beat Loyola-Chicago in a Final Four semifinal last season before losing to Villanova in the national championship game.

The Spartans (23-5, 14-3) beat the Wolverines 77-70 on Sunday to take over first place in the Big Ten. Purdue is a half-game back and Michigan is one game back.

The MSU-UM rematch is March 9 in East Lansing (8 p.m., ESPN).

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports also has MSU and UM as No. 2 seeds, with the Spartans facing South Dakota State in the West and the Wolverines playing Wright State in the East.