NCAA Tournament 2017 Midwest Region - First Impressions

NCAA Tournament seeds: UM No. 7, MSU No. 9

Seventh-seeded MI comes into the tournament on a huge roll after winning four games in as many days to capture the Big 10 Conference tournament championship. Kansas is the Midwest Region's top seed, while No. 3 seed OR (preseason number five) and No. 4 seed Purdue (Big Ten regular season champion) round out the top four seeds. Miami went 21-11 this season, and is likely not surprised by the seed it was handed. "I was surprised MI was a seven and Minnesota was a five, that surprised me in our own league", Izzo began. It showed how close they were and what could have been. This is a perimeter-oriented group with a couple of great shooters, but it is built around an elite dribble-drive threat which the rest of the offensive action plays off of. That included Friday's 63-58 loss to Minnesota that bounced Izzo's team from the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. "I wouldn't think. I guess someday there is a possibility I might find out because my AD (Mark Hollis) is part of it".

Michigan's draw could have been much worse.

To do so, MSU, a ninth seed, must beat Miami and Kansas.

No. 2 Louisville could be the team to beat because it has the most depth and maybe the most underrated star player in the country, sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell.




"We're very excited to be going to Indianapolis for our fans", Pitino said. "The thing I've talked about from the beginning with this team was that there would be ups and downs and that losing wasn't an option". MI looked great winning their last four games to get here, but they may have been playing well over their heads. If it did, God Bless. In the last few years under Travis Ford, Cowboy basketball had become a non-factor.

Rhode Island took the decision out of the selection committee's hands by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament. "We didn't lose to a team below 40 in the RPI". It was a relief to some of RCT's top conspiracy theorists (yours truly included) NOT to see Wichita State slated to play KU in round two with a geographical advantage, but Michigan State is a potent team as well, though it should be noted they went 6-9 vs teams in the field of 68 this year. The schools manufactured a sell-out crowd for the game despite the Cowboys football team being on the road the night before in San Antonio beating Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. All open practices are free and available for the general public. 16 IN 77-62 IN the Countdown Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals with 25 points. Larranaga got the better of Izzo in a 6-11 upset win over the Spartans in 2006 during George Mason's wild ride to the Final Four.

Even so, Izzo knows any chance at advancing past this weekend will include the important sense of urgency that pushes most teams this time of the year. Swanigan is good enough to carry the Boilermakers to Glendale, Ariz., for the Final Four, but are his teammates good enough to give him the help he needs? "By the time I get out of this press conference I'm sure I'll have a lot of tape to watch and I think we have a blueprint on how to do it, just have to plug in the different pieces now". I'm going (rock) chalk in the Midwest. The Wildcats played 19 games without best player Allonzo Trier, who tested positive on a drug test, and potential impact player Ray Smith was lost to a career-ending knee injury.

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