Going into the week of conference tournaments, Michigan State appeared to be solidly positioned for a No. 2 seed. The Spartans also appeared to have an outside shot at best for a No. 1 seed, but with the way things have unfolded, the final one seed could be theirs with a win over Ohio State.
The latest set of bracketology posts like the winner of the Big Ten tournament championship game as the No. 1 seed in the West Regional, and apparently the bracketologists like MSU to beat the Buckeyes. ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Michigan State as a one seed going up against Lamar, the team coached by Pat Knight. SB Nation's latest bracketology post also has the Spartans as a one seed against Lamar.
At this point, it seems pretty clear for Michigan State: beat Ohio State and secure a one seed. I know there is a debate amongst fans about if it would be better to be a one seed out in the West Regional or a two seed in the Midwest Regional, but location aside, I don't think getting a No. 1 seed is ever a bad thing. The Spartans' path to the Elite Eight would be very manageable, and another Final Four appearance might go through Kansas, which has looked shaky at times this season.
In any case, there is a lot on the line in Indianapolis on Sunday. Not only is Michigan State playing for the 2012 Big Ten tournament title and redemption against Ohio State, but it also looks like a one seed is up for grabs.