The East Region of the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket has been revealed, and Duke is the overall 1-seed. Michigan State is the No. 2 seed in the region, and the Spartans will take on No. 15 Bradley. It should be a tough matchup.
Preview: Michigan State took down rival Michigan in the Big Ten title game, the third victory for the Spartans over the Wolverines this season. This might be Tom Izzo's most impressive coaching job, as he's led his team to a 28-6 record and a conference title while dealing with several major injuries throughout the season. The Spartans are looking for their first Final Four berth since 2015.
The Bradley Braves will be representing the Missouri Valley Conference in the NCAA Tournament this year. After last year's Cinderella run by conference winner Loyola-Chicago, no team should be counting out the MVC's rep. Bradley has typically kept games close, winning the entire Missouri Valley Tournament by a grand total of eight points. While Bradley is hardly the same type of program that made it to the NCAA Tournament title games in the 1950s, the Braves are not above getting big upsets. Back in 2006, the team knocked off No. 4 seeded Kansas as a 13 seed - so first round teams had best be careful.
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 2:45 PM ET
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
Announcers: Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Prediction: Michigan State finished strong with a Big Ten tournament title, so they're the obvious pick here. Bradley wasn't the best team in the MVC this season, but they got hot down the stretch and earned their way into the tournament. Take the Spartans here by double digits.