DETROIT (AP) — No. 3 Michigan State (29-4) vs. No. 14 Bucknell (25-9)
First round, East Region; Detroit, Friday, 7:10 p.m. ET.
BOTTOM LINE: The Spartans will have a home-court advantage, playing at the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons. The senior-laden Bison believe they can win an NCAA Tournament game for the third time in school history and first since 2006.
STAR WATCH: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges made a surprising decision almost a year ago, choosing to stay in college instead of entering the NBA draft as a likely lottery pick. He’s one of four players in the country to average at least 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and nearly a block per game.
THEY SAID IT: “We’re in our mindset where if it’s not a national championship, then it’s probably a bust for this team,” Spartans point guard Cassius Winston said.
DON’T SLEEP: The Spartans are concerned with the inside-out game of Zach Thomas. The 6-foot-7 forward leads Bucknell with 20.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.