After rattling off five consecutive wins--including wins over No. 11 Michigan and No.8 Ohio State-- to vault into first place in the Big 10 standings, No. 6 Michigan State is projected as the fourth one-seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to both Joe Lunardi of ESPN and SB Nation's own Chris Dobertean.
In Lunardi's version, Michigan State switched places with Missouri, which lost at home to unranked Kansas State. Dobertean, however, dropped Duke to a two-seed, in spite of its victory over Michigan State. If the projected scenarios come to fruition, the Spartans will play out of Columbus, Ohio in the West Region.
Meanwhile, the Michigan Wolverines are also rising in both projected brackets due to four straight wins, most notably a home victory against No. 8 Ohio State. Both Lunardi and Dobertean peg the Wolverines as a rising three-seed. With only three games remaining--all of which come against opponenets .500 or below in the Big 10--Michigan has an opportunity to move even higher come Selection Sunday.
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