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First Game: Thursday vs. Iowa
Who would have thought that the Spartans would be fighting for a spot in the NCAA tournament? They entered the season ranked No. 2 and have steadily dropped all season. They enter the Big Ten tournament as only the seventh seed.
Their strength of schedule is an impressive ninth, with an RPI of 46. Still their 17-13 record has them currently placed on the bubble. A win against Iowa should secure their NCAA bid; a loss would have the Spartan faithful sweating out Selection Sunday. Coach Tom Izzo has gained a reputation as Mr. March for his success in the NCAA tournament; hopefully his magic starts a little early this year.
Iowa was able to blow out the Spartans in early February with a 75-52 win, but last week the Spartans were able to get revenge with an 85-66 win. This game will be decided by which Spartan team shows up to play this game.