NCAA Bracket 2011: Can Michigan State Make a Run To the Final Four?

James EvensCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 12:  Kalin Lucas #1 of the Michigan State Spartans drives for a shot attempt against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Michigan State is arguably having their most underachieving year so far, but lucky for the Tom Izzo-coached team, the tournament is yet to be decided yet.

This season's field is as open as ever, and everyone knows that Michigan State has the talent to do what they did last season.

Tom Izzo was grinning after seeing his draw on selection Sunday, for many reasons.

The first reason is that they are flying under the radar.

Before they were beaten in the Big Ten Tournament by a team that was fighting for their postseason life, Penn State, they knocked off a top-10 team, Purdue, by 18 points.

This team has the talent to make a deep run, especially if Kalin Lucas plays with the spark he did against Purdue.

The second reason is experience. 

Look at how many experienced players this team has from last season's Final Four run.  With Kalin Lucas at the helm and players like Draymond Green out there, anything could happen.

These guys need to step up though and play to their potential, or all hope is lost for the Spartans.

Finally, they got placed in possibly the easiest region, in the easiest half of any bracket out there.

First they face off against UCLA, a Pac-10 team that really hasn't beat anyone special this season.

Being a 10 seed, if they can get by UCLA, which they should, they will face possibly the weakest two seed in the tournament.

Sure, Florida played a tough schedule this season, but so did Michigan State.  These two ball-clubs could match-up extremely well in what could be an epic game.

If the Spartans can find a way past Florida, it is smooth sailing from there.  They are in a bracket that is full of teams that are missing key components from their regular season runs.

The next battle they would face would be the Pitt Panthers, and that is only if they can get through what is a loaded top half of the bracket.

Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in March to ever coach the game, and this Michigan State team should not be counted out.

They are ranked as a 10, but isn't Michigan State the scariest 10 seed you have ever encountered?

Expect the Spartans to make a run at the Final Four this season, as they have all the tools, and the bracket that is necessary to complete the run.

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