INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: (L-R) Draymond Green #23 and Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate late in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes during their quarterfinal game of 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Michigan State has earned a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament and will face LIU Brooklyn in its first game.
The 2012 NCAA tournament bracket and field have been announced, and the Michigan State Spartans have received a No. 1 seed in the West Region. The Spartans' opening game will be against LIU Brooklyn, and they will play on Friday in Columbus. If Michigan State wins, it will face the winner of No. 8 Memphis and No. 9 Saint Louis next Sunday.
The Spartans earned a No. 1 seed after winning the 2012 Big Ten tournament in a thrilling championship game against Ohio State. In the regular season, the Spartans earned a share of the Big Ten crown with Ohio State and Michigan.
Here's a look at the West Region of the 2012 NCAA tournament bracket:
No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn (Friday)
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Saint Louis (Friday)
No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach State (Thursday)
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson (Thursday)
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State (Friday)
No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia (Friday)
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU OR Iona (Thursday)
No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado State (Thursday)
For more on Michigan State, visit The Only Colors. For more coverage of the Spartans in the 2012 NCAA tournament, visit SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.
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