Any NCAA tournament bracket predictions in late January are only fodder for discussion, even those made by the industry’s perceived preeminent bracketologist, Joe Lunardi.
Lunardi has Michigan as a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and Michigan State as a No. 3 in South, with both opening up play at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
That would be an interesting weekend at the Palace, a complete zoo of fans and every local quasi-media member, and, potentially, an odd dynamic in the crowd as MSU and Michigan fans rooted against each other’s teams.
Given there are also opening-round sites in Dayton and Lexington, which could house Indiana or Ohio State, if MSU is worthy of a top-four seed, Auburn Hills does seem to be a likely destination.
Lunardi also has Iowa State as potential second-round opponent for MSU, which would mean a matchup with ex-Spartan Korie Lucious.
It’s a long way off, but sort of fun to think about.