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Michigan State earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and opens March Madness with a 2:45 p.m. game Friday against Middle Tennessee at St. Louis.

Denzel Valentine is a National Player of the Year candidate, but he can’t do it all for Michigan State.

The Spartans all season long have pointed to winning the national championship as their goal – not simply just making another Final Four.

While Middle Tennessee is only a No. 15 seed from a lower conference (Conference USA), the Blue Raiders do boast some individual talent. They’re not backing down from the impressive challenge they will face against the Spartans.

Follow the action with live updates in our Detroit News blog.

Michigan State vs. Middle Tennessee

What: Midwest Region first-round game

When: Friday, 2:45 p.m.

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis

TV / radio: CBS / WJR 760

Internet: Streaming at NCAA.com

Records: Michigan State 29-5, Middle Tennessee 24-9

At stake: Second-round game against Dayton-Syracuse winner

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