Mar 06, 2012; Valparaiso, IN, USA; Detroit Titans head coach Ray McCallum and guard Ray McCallum (3) react after the finals of the Horizon League Championship against the Valparaiso Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Detroit defeats Valparaiso 70-50. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
After beating Valparaiso to take the Horizon conference tournament, the Detroit Titans are finally guaranteed a spot in the big dance, though not with a very forgiving seed. Both Michigan and Michigan State continue to get high seedings as the Big Ten tournament continues.
The Horizon Tournament win by the Detroit Titans guaranteed that they will get a spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, their first chance in the big dance since 1999, but the 22-13 Titans are certainly not guaranteed a great seeding. SB Nation's newest Bracketology prediction was released on Wednesday, and the Titans aren't given very much love.
Detroit are matched up with the first seeded Kansas Jayhawks in the Midwest as a 16 seed, just a step above the teams that are in the 'first four' play ins to get into the tournament proper. They do have a more impressive resume at least than the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, who managed to stun the Sun Belt tournament with a win, putting them into the tourney with a miserable 15-18 overall record.
Both big name schools in Michigan are still considered highly seeded squads. Michigan are up in a three seed in the East bracket, with 14th seeded Akron their current projected opponent. Michigan State are a bit higher with a two seed in the West, where they're projected to face UT Arlington from the Southland conference.
Both Michigan and Michigan State still have the Big Ten Tournament to play for, either of them winning the tourney would boost their stock a bit. After blowing a chance to take the regular season Big Ten title outright, the Spartans could use it.
For more on the Michigan State Spartans, check ou The Only Colors. For more on the Michigan Wolverines, head over to Maize N Brew. You can also check out the SB Nation NCAA Tournament hub for more on the 2012 tourney.