Spartans Extend Their Big Ten Record With 21st Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance

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For Michigan State fans over the past two decades, there has been little sweating on Selection Sunday.

In fact, the Spartans can attribute much of this year's success to Bridges-the Flint, Mich., native averages 16.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game that sets him as the tip of the spear for Michigan State's offense. The Spartans lone loss out of conference came at the hands of Duke, but Michigan State still put up some solid results against teams like DePaul, UCONN, Notre Dame and UNC, winning each of those games by double digits.

- It was always known that both Michigan and Michigan State would make the NCAA tournament, now it's official as both teams received 3 seeds for the big dance, but only MSU will play in Detroit. Just how ridiculous is that?

Bucknell (25-9) won the Patriot League title.

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Their opponent? The 3 seeded Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference.

Season recap: Few teams have had as dominant of a year as the Spartans. In addition, MSU's streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation (Kansas, 29; Duke, 23).

Cincinnati, another 2-seed, was 30-4 in the regular season and the Bearcats' best non-conference wins were Mississippi State and UCLA.

How do any of these three teams deserve a 2-seed over the Spartans, or even the Michigan Wolverines for that matter? In a season filled with upsets in every conference, Michigan State has shown control and consistency through a roster brimming with talent at all positions.

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