The Cornhuskers will play seventh-seeded Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday on ESPN2 with the victor of that game advancing to play No. 2 seed (and subregional host) Texas or 15th-seeded ME on March 19. Cincinnati and Purdue are No. 2s that could be headed for early exits, in part because both are overseeded.
Last NCAA appearance: 2017, lost to Kansas in second round.
There will be those with problems with Michigan State getting a Midwest draw when Michigan beat them in the Big 10 Tournament and ended up in Kansas, but you won't hear Tom Izzo complaining. MI is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since back-to-back tournament trips in 2012 and 2013. The Golden Gophers are 11-9 (.550) in NCAA Tournament games, highlighted by a trip to the 2004 Final Four.
The four No. 1 seeds for this year's NCAA Tournament seem pretty well set. They also dropped the conference tournament final against MI.
Tournament director Brad Pittman, an associate athletic director at WSU, said he's happy with the teams Wichita got.
Michigan State basketball only has four losses, but has had issues in certain matchups throughout the season.
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Defending national champion SC and A'ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional. North Carolina on November 26.
Like the Huskies, the Irish are a No. 1 seed again. MSU is motivated to excel in March after going one-and-done in the 2016 Big Ten dance and getting dumped in the second round previous year. Miles Bridges leads Michigan State with an average of 16.9 points per game while Nick Ward leads the Spartans on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game and Cassius Winston leads MSU in assists with 6.8 assists per game this season.
Only two teams received at-large berths with 14 or more losses last season. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed OR if the seeds hold.
Now that CBS and Turner Sports have sucked all the drama out of Selection Sunday, we can only hope the NCAA men's basketball tournament continues to deliver.
Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown ran the slowest time of all (5.85) and still may get drafted in the first round. The Nittany Lions, who beat Ohio State three times, is the first to not make the NCAA tourney after finishing with a Big Ten record of.500 or better and win two conference tourney games.