Bracket projection: Michigan State

Note: ESPN's Joe Lunardi assigned a team of Bracketologists to put together Insider's Tournament Tips, offering historical analysis of the bracket and in-depth breakdowns on all 68 tournament teams to help you make smart picks.

Lunardi's Logic

Not sure I get all the knocks on Michigan State as a weak No. 1 seed. I think the Spartans are overwhelmingly deserving and they proved it again in the Big Ten tourney. I also don't think the top of the West bracket is as strong as others seem to, so look for Sparty to have a relatively uncomplicated path to an Elite Eight encounter with Missouri.

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Michigan State's complete Bracketology chart

Take a look inside the data used by the selection committee in seeding the bracket: