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Sunday / September 26.
  • Bracketology: Michigan State now among ‘First Four Byes’ after Michigan win

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Death, taxes, Tom Izzo in the NCAA Tournament.

    Book it.

    Per ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, Michigan State is now projected among the “First Four Byes” in the NCAA Tournament after beating No. 2 Michigan, 70-64, behind 21 points from Rocket Watts and 18 points, five rebounds and three assists from Aaron Henry.

    “We ain’t done yet,” Henry told reporters.

    Entering the day, the Spartans (15-11, 9-11 Big Ten) were among the “Last Four in.” Michigan State has not missed the NCAA Tournament since 1997.

    The Spartans completed their third Top-5 win down the stretch after previous victories over Ohio State and Illinois last month.

    The Big Ten, meantime, is projected to have two No. 1 seeds in Illinois and Michigan and four of the top 8 seeds, along with Ohio State and Iowa.

    For more on the Big Ten, head on over to my piece on Forbes.com.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.