ESPN Bracketology: Spartans A No. 2 Seed

ESPN Bracketology: Spartans A No. 2 Seed

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ESPN Bracketology: Spartans A No. 2 Seed

It’s never too early to start thinking about your bracket.  Christmas isn’t here yet, Michigan State’s played only two Big Ten games, and the Spartans still have 21 games to play before the Big Ten Tournament arrives.  But ESPN gives us a peek at how the NCAA Tournament might look if it started today.

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In addition to creating the world, ESPN also created the business of – and the art of – Bracketology.

Would Joe Lunardi be a household name to those of us who see college basketball as the second-most important thing in the world behind only college football if he hadn’t invented Bracketology?

I’d be willing to wager that even Joe Lunardi knows that he’d probably be called by the wrong name by his colleagues at his local insurance firm if he hadn’t invented Bracketology.

Or, maybe he’d be the publisher of a college “wire site” for the USA Today folks.

Who knows?

One thing I do know is that Joe Lunardi deserves to be applauded for creating something that has allowed for the greatest spectacle in all of American sports – March Madness – to start months before it actually starts.

My refrigerator still has turkey sandwiches in sandwich baggies from Thanksgiving and March is about as far off as The Wall going up.

Yet we can – and we will – engage in debate and discussion about where Michigan State would be seeded if the NCAA Tournament started right now.

We can – and we will – also speculate on what the Spartans will actually be seeded when Selection Sunday arrives in something like 500 days.

What does Joe Lunardi think right now?

How about we start by looking at the current rankings and see if those rankings sync up with Lunardi’s current publication of Bracketology on ESPN.com.

In the AP, the Top 4 looks like this right now:

  1. Kansas
  2. Duke
  3. Tennessee
  4. Gonzaga

In the Coaches Poll, the Top 4 looks like this:

  1. Kansas
  2. Duke
  3. Virginia
  4. Tennessee

Michigan State comes in at #9 in both polls.

And who are Lunardi’s #1 seeds right now?

#1 in the Midwest is Kansas.

#1 in the East is Duke.

#1 in the South is Michigan.

#1 in the West is Virginia.

No #1 love from Lunardi for Tennessee or Gonzaga.

Lunardi is bullish on Michigan.

He’s also bullish on Michigan State – he has the Spartans coming in as a #2 seed in the East.

Based on that speculation from Lunardi, he’s saying Michigan comes out ahead of the Spartans in the Big Ten.

Okay – we’ll see.

Truth be told here on December 11th as I eat the last leftover turkey sandwich (that is very dry and and crumbly and tastes like a paper plate) for dinner, Michigan State fans would be happy with a #2 seed on Selection Sunday.

Since Selection Sunday won’t be here until we’ve all muddled our way through a lot of frigid nights over the next few months, let’s take a look at Lunardi’s current Bracketology breakdown…

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

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