Michigan and Michigan State Get Invitations to the NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Indianapolis, IN — March 14, 2020

NCAA Basketball Tournament invitations went out this evening and both the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans are in the “big dance.”

Michigan and Michigan State both qualify for the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament / Photo Courtesy of CBS Sports

Michigan (14-3), the winner of the regular-season title in the Big Ten Conference earned the #1 seed in the East Regional where they will take on the winner of a 1st Four play-in game between Mount St Mary’s and Texas Southern. Despite losing to Ohio State 68-67 in the semi-final of the Big Ten Conference tournament, the Wolverines were rewarded for their superiority during the regular season where they posted a 20-4 overall record.

The other #1 seeds were Gonzaga, Baylor, and Illinois.

Key wins over Ohio State, Illinois, and Michigan are likely what got the Spartans into the Tournament. Michigan State’s 9-11 conference record and an early exit from the Big Ten Tournament did not disqualify them. Tom Izzo’s squad finished the regular season 15-12.

Michigan State will have to play an extra game, they face UCLA in a 1st Four game with the winner advancing as an 11th seed to face Brigham Young University, also in the East Regional.