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Bracketology 2011: Joe Lunardi Has Michigan State In First Four

ESPN's Joe Lunardi released his latest bracketology on Monday. Over the weekend he altered where all the bubble teams stand, but only on Monday did we find out where all of those bubble teams were slotted location-wise and seed-wise in the NCAA tournament.


Lunardi has the Michigan State basketball team headed to Dayton as part of the First Four. There are four play-in games with the field now up to 68 teams, and MSU is set to play Virginia Tech in Lunardi's latest bracketology. This makes the Spartans one of the last four teams in the NCAA tournament and gives them a 12 seed.


If MSU were to advance out of Dayton, it would then play Arizona in Washington, D.C. Louisville and Harvard are the other teams in Michigan State's pod, and Illinois is the nine seed in the same bracket. If both Big Ten teams somehow made it to the Sweet 16, they would play each other.


For Michigan, Lunardi has the Wolverines in Tucson as an 11 seed. Their opening matchup in the NCAA tournament is against Vanderbilt, and a win could give them a matchup with three-seed San Diego State in the round of 32 teams. SDSU would have to get past Indiana State to set up a meeting between Steve Fisher and his former team (assuming Michigan advances), which would be quite the story to follow.