Spartans Draw Marquette In NCAA Tournament First Round

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's basketball team has earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play No. 8 seed Marquette on Thursday, March 15 in Winston-Salem, N.C. MSU is making its school-record 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. It is the longest streak among Big Ten schools and fifth longest in the nation. Overall, this is the 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Spartans, as MSU has compiled a 40-19 record in its previous 20 tournaments. MSU has made six trips to the Final Four (1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005) and captured the NCAA Championship in 1979 and 2000.

Michigan State leads the all-time series with Marquette, 30-23. In the only previous meeting in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State defeated Marquette, 74-69, in the first round in 1959. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 1959 NCAA Tournament.

Game times will be announced at a later date.

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