After Michigan State’s two wins this past week against Wisconsin and Purdue, and thanks to Michigan knocking off Ohio State, the Spartans find themselves as a No. 1 seed, as projected by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
The Spartans are 22-5 — with two losses against two top 5 RPI teams in North Carolina and Duke — are now the favorite to win the Big Ten title.
MSU also has a schedule strength of No. 2 and an RPI of 4.
If the Spartans do go on to earn a No. 1 seed, it would be the first time since the 2001 season. The team earned three straight No. 1 seeds from 1999-2001. Since, the highest seed the Spartans have received has been a No. 2 seed in 2009.
For fans, this season has been a blessing after suffering through last season’s awful showing and earning a No. 10 seed, losing of course to UCLA in the team’s first game of the NCAA Tournament, ending the season with a 19-15 record.
So long as the Spartans win the Big Ten, they will be a lock to get a top seed, likely in the West Region. But despite being in the West, the Spartans would likely stay near home, playing in Columbus for their first two games.
If they win there, the team would head to Phoenix for a shot an Elite 8 or Final Four opportunity.
In a perfect scenario, the Spartans would get placed in the St. Louis Region, where they also could start in Columbus, then play in Missouri.
The Final Four in of course in New Orleans this year.