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The sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans made one final effort to show the NCAA tournament selection committee why they deserve a No. 1 seed with a 65-60 victory over the rival Michigan Wolverines in the 2019 Big Ten men’s basketball tournament championship game Sunday at the United Center in Chicago.
Michigan State, which is one of approximately five teams fighting for likely two available No. 1 spots, was led offensively by Matt McQuaid with 27 points. At worst, the Spartans’ win should guarantee them no worse than a second seed in the Big Dance.
Meanwhile, Michigan has also earned a high March Madness seed despite Sunday’s loss. Ignas Brazdeikis scored 19 points to pace the Wolverines, who should be on the two or three line when the bracket is released later Sunday.
Both teams now await their first matchup of the NCAA tournament. They will each be a heavy favorite in the first round regardless of who’s announced as their opponent during the selection show at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.
This article will be updated to provide more information soon.
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