Seed / Region: No. 6 seed in South Region
First Round Opponent: No. 11 seed Pitt
Thoughts on Draw: This would be a very favorable draw for the Spartans and a seed-line they’d be excited about. Pitt is a rising team in the ACC this year and wouldn’t be a guarantee win for Michigan State, but should they get past the Panthers then No. 3 seed Gonzaga is most likely waiting in the second round. As fans can remember, Michigan State had Gonzaga on the ropes but failed to finish off the Bulldogs in a early season matchup so this certainly would be a winnable game for Michigan State to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2019.